Bronchiolitis

  • Inflammatory condition of the air sacs in the lungs
  • Symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, rapid breathing and fast heart rate
  • Caused by a viral infection
  • Commonly spread by breathing in infected droplets from the air, contact with oral or nasal secretions or contaminated objects
  • Affects males and females but more common in children less than 2 years of age
  • May be mild to severe but most often severe in infants less than 6 months of age
  • May be life threatening

GENERAL THERAPY

  • Symptoms usually last 3 to 4 days
  • Encourage plenty of fluids
  • Keep home from daycare or school
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Humidifier or vaporizer in child’s room to moisten air
  • Saline drops to nose if congested
  • Place child in upright position (car seat)
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • Do not give Aspirin to children under 20 years
  • Avoid contact with anyone who has an infection
  • Avoid smoking around the child
  • Disinfect counter tops and play areas
  • Avoid sharing drinking glasses
  • Use tissue only once, then discard

 

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF

  • Your child was born early
  • Your child has heart or lung problems

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