Bronchitis

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What’s Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which are the airways that connect the windpipe to the lungs. When your child has bronchitis, it may be harder for air to pass in and out of the lungs. Acute bronchitis often starts because of another illness, such as a cold or the flu. The illness spreads from your child’s nose and throat to his windpipe and airways. Acute bronchitis usually lasts about 2 weeks and is usually not a serious illness. Your child’s pediatrician can diagnose bronchitis either by a blood test or a chest x-ray.

How Can I Tell?

  • Cough
  • Fever & Chills
  • Fatigue or Malaise
  • Runny ose
  • Chest Tightness
  • Headache
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Sleeping Difficulty
  • Sore Throat

Treatment

Cough medicine helps loosen mucus in your child’s lungs and makes it easier to cough that mucus up. This can help him breathe easier. Your pediatrician may also prescribe ibuprofen or acetaminophen intended to decrease your child’s fever, while in some cases, your pediatrician will prescribe inhalers to help your child breathe easier with less coughing.

Always trust your common sense. If your child is not acting like himself, call your doctor.