Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, that carry air to your lungs. It causes a cough that often brings up mucus. It can also cause shortness of breath, wheezing, a low fever, and chest tightness.
What are the symptoms of acute bronchitis in a child?
- Dry or mucus-filled cough.
- Vomiting or gagging.
- Runny nose, often before a cough starts.
- Chest congestion or pain.
- An overall body discomfort or not feeling well.
- Slight fever.
- Back and muscle pain.
What causes bronchitis in child?
Most often caused by a viral infection. It may also be caused by bacteria or things such as dust, allergens, strong fumes, or tobacco smoke. The illness may develop after a cold or other viral infection in the nose, mouth, or throat (upper respiratory tract). Such illnesses can spread easily from direct contact with a person who is sick.
What are possible complications of acute bronchitis?
Most children who have acute bronchitis will get better without any problems. But the illness can lead to pneumonia.
How can I help prevent acute bronchitis in my child?
You can help prevent acute bronchitis by stopping the spread of viruses that may lead to it.
Take these steps:
- Teach your child to cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Make sure your child washes his or her hands.
- Check that your child is up-to-date on all vaccines, including the yearly flu shot.
When should I call my child’s healthcare provider?
Call your child’s healthcare provider right away if your child’s symptoms get worse, if new symptoms develop, or if he or she has:
- Trouble breathing
- A high fever
- Mucus that is discolored or change in color.