Matric past exam papers Matrics 2017!
Bronchiolitis
An infection of the bronchioles, the small air passages in the lungs.
Source

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.

Caused by a virus, this infection of the smallest airways usually occurs in very small children. Your baby will develop a dry rasping cough, wheezing and rapid breathing after a few days of what seems like a normal cold. This is most common in winter.

What to do

A severe case may need hospitalisation, so it’s best to get a doctor’s advice if you suspect your baby has this. The baby will be given medicine via a nebuliser, and in severe cases may need oxygen. At home, keep the house warm but not too hot, and consider using a humidifier to keep the air moist to ease the baby’s cough. The cough may last for 2 to 3 weeks.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

Read Parent24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
NEXT ON PARENT24X

Be swim safe

2009-10-19 13:10
 
 
 
 
Directories

Everything from parties to pre-schools in your area.