Bronchitis
An inflammation of the main air passages to the lungs.
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Bronchitis

An inflammation of the main air passages to the lungs.

Symptoms:

  • Your child might have a runny nose to begin with and this will develop into an irritating persistent cough, which may later produce yellow-green phlegm if there is a bacterial infection.
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Fever.

Seriousness:

  • Treat at home, but take your child to a doctor or hospital if there is no improvement after a day, if your child’s breathing becomes very fast, or the fever goes above 39ºC.

Treatment:

  • Give liquid paracetamol to reduce the fever.
  • Keep the air in your child's room moist (you can hang a wet towel over a chair near a heater or rent a humidifier from a pharmacy).
  • Warm drinks may relieve the coughing.

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