Bronchiolitis
An infection of the bronchioles, the small air passages in the lungs.
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Bronchiolitis

An infection of the bronchioles, the small air passages in the lungs.

Symptoms:

  • Symptoms usually begin about two days after a cold that has become worse. 
  • Fever with a dry, rasping cough. 
  • Wheezing
  • Rapid and difficult breathing
  • Difficulty feeding.
  • Bluish lips and tongue.
  • Abnormal drowsiness.

Seriousness:

  • See your doctor.
  • If your child struggles to breathe take her to a hospital immediately.

Treatment:

  • For a mild case, the doctor will most likely prescribe a bronchodilator.
  • Give your child plenty of fluids. 
  • Liquid paracetamol will help bring the fever down. 
  • Thick mucus in the lungs may be loosened by slapping your child’s back gently as she lies over your knees. 
  • If your child needs hospital treatment she will be given oxygen.

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