Acute and Chronic bronchitis treatment in Children

Treatment for acute and chronic bronchitis is different. check your children to doctor to find out the exact type of bronchitis suffered by your children so that you can give a proper treatments for them.

What is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an infection or inflammation of the main airways to the lungs or the so-called bronchi. Bronchitis in children can occur when a virus causes flu, cough, and sinusitis spread and breed bronchi.

Acute and Chronic bronchitis treatment in children


When the bacteria are already infect and breed in the bronchi, the airways will be swollen, inflamed and filled with mucus. In addition to virus, bronchitis in children can be caused by several things, namely allergies, bacterial infections, and irritation due to the smoke pollution, cigarette smoke, and dust.

Symptoms of Bronchitis

Acute bronchitis Symptoms

Acute bronchitis will bring some of the following symptoms.

  • Cough that lasts for five days or more
  • Discharge yellow, green, or white phlegm
  • Chest pain easily or pain when coughing
  • Not always accompanied by fever, although a mild fever may occasionally appear

In certain circumstances, the child should get immediate medical help, that is, if there is a fever with temperatures above 38ºC accompanied by loss of appetite, shortness of breath, and body ache. These signs could mean that the child suffering from pneumonia and needed a doctor to get antibiotic treatment.

Chronic bronchitis symptoms

Chronic bronchitis in children has symptoms such as the following:

  • The child has a persistent cough accompanied by phlegm discharge of colored translucent, yellow, green, white or at least going on for three months in a year, or more than two consecutive years.
  • Kids sometimes have wheezing and shortness of breath.
  • Feeling very tired.

Preventing Bronchitis in Children

Bronchitis in children is caused by a viral or bacterial infection, then prevent it can be done in a way to keep the child from the cause. Make sure children always wash their hands thoroughly after playing and when they want to eat. It Is Obligatory for parents to provide a good and balanced nutrition for children so that their immune systems can work optimally. If necessary, keep the child from bronchitis sufferers to prevent himself exposed to the same disease.

If the child has time to get vaccinated, then give the vaccine for the prevention of this disease. That must be done is to keep children away from cigarette smoke. Bronchitis in children is very risky if getting exposed of cigarette smoke.

How to Treat Bronchitis in Children?



In Cases of acute bronchitis in children, most recover within two weeks without treatment. However, in certain situations, your doctor may prescribe some medicines.

Always ask your child's healthcare provider for advice before giving over-the-counter cold medicine to children younger than 6 years old. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend giving over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to children under 2 years of age because these medicines may cause harmful side effects that can be life-threatening. ( University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/)


 Ask for clarification if the doctor prescribes some of the following drugs:

Antibiotics

Most bronchitis in children is caused by viruses, so antibiotics will be futile. But if the cause is bacterial, then antibiotics is the right answere. Check with your doctor so antibiotics are not in vain.

Cough medicine

Coughing up phlegm has advantages for children who suffer from bronchitis. This type of cough it helps remove irritants from the lungs and airways. Parents can give cough medicine to children to help ease it if the circumstances make the child can not sleep.

Other types of drugs

Other types of drugs may be needed, especially if the child suffers from allergies, asthma, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Usually, the doctor will recommend the use of inhalers and other medications to relieve inflammation and the narrowing of airways.

In addition to paying attention to the above, the child should be given plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and help flush the mucus that causes airway obstruction. If the child continues to be in the air-conditioned room, which usually makes more arid environments, provide room humidifiers that help facilitate the child to breathe.

In order for the child's nose is not clogged, give drops in the nose to make it easier to breathe. Keep children get enough sleep and make sure the rooms are occupied by children free of dust and smoke. If necessary, positioned the body with a pillow into a half-sitting position to facilitate breathing during sleep.

Moreover, Children who suffer from chronic bronchitis may need breathing exercises. For obtaining optimal result, then it may be required the presence of a therapist. The therapist must master the physiotherapy program for the lungs, which included trained how to breathe easier and improve a child's ability in physical exercise.

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