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We Have to Know about the Bronchiolitis

Information about Bronchiolitis

  • Bronchiolitis is a contagious Infection of the lungs’ airways which often occurs in young children between 3 and 6 months of age

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Causing impair to breathe?

Causes of Bronchiolitis

  • Virus-like Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), influenza (flu) virus

Do’s and Don’ts of Bronchiolitis

  • Limit your child’s contact with people who have a fever or cold. If your child is a newborn, especially a premature newborn, avoid any exposure to people with colds in the first two months of life
  • Keep bathroom and kitchen countertops in your home clean
  • Don’t share drinking glasses with others
  • Frequently wash your own hands and those of your child

Signs & Symptoms of Bronchiolitis

  • A runny nose, stuffy nose
  • Slight fever (may or may not occur) Wheezing — breathing seems more difficult or noisy when breathing out
  • Coughing — tends to be harsh, comes in fits and doesn’t produce any phlegm
  • Rapid heartbeat

Medical advice for Bronchiolitis

  • Symptoms usually go away on their own after 7-10 days. But if your child has more than minor breathing problems, is younger than 12 weeks old call the doctor

Seek prompt medical attention:

  • Vomiting
  • Breathing very fast — more than 40 breaths a minute — and shallowly
  • Skin turning blue, especially around the lips and fingernails (cyanosis)
  • Exhaustion from trying to breathe or the need to sit up in order to breathe
  • Lethargy
  • Refusal to drink enough fluids

Risk factors of Bronchiolitis

  • Being younger than 6 months old
  • Never having been breast-fed — breastfed babies receive immune protection from the mother
  • Premature birth
  • An underlying heart-lung condition
  • A depressed immune system
  • Exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Contact with multiple children, such as in a child care setting

Treatment for Bronchiolitis

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Analgesic
  • Bronchodilator

Self-care for Bronchiolitis

  • Keep your child upright
  • Have your child drink clear fluids
  • Try saline nasal drops to ease congestion
  • Maintain a smoke-free environment

Investigations for Bronchiolitis

  • Chest X-ray
  • Mucus sample test.
  • Blood tests
Medical advice for Bronchiolitis
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