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Caring for Bronchitis in Children

Updated on November 25, 2010

Children are physically active and love playing outdoors with their friends. They  are fond of exploring the natural environment which makes them exposed to a lot allergens and pollutants. At the same time, children often ignore the weather and would play whether   it’s sunny or rainy outside. For this reason, it is expected that colds and cough appear that can lead to bronchitis in children. The symptoms of bronchitis in children show up as runny noses, sore throats and slight fever. Not long enough, the child feels weak and feel cold most of the time. Sooner, children experience dry cough at the start making it hard for them to breathe or sleep at night. Soon enough the cough eventually loosens and the lungs try to expel them. A wheezing sound is also a symptom of possible bronchitis in children.
Parents should not get stressed because there are several over the counter medications that can be used in treating acute bronchitis in children. Most cough syrups are used to dissolve the mucus and remove it. Likewise,a little aspirin can help in lowering fever and relieving minor headache that comes with a clogged nose. In most cases, parents are very disturbed seeing their children sleepless or having difficulty in breathing due to bronchitis in children. When this happens, a humidifier or a vaporizer can help clear nasal passages effectively. The smell of eucalyptus is very soothing for those who have colds.
Another important thing that parents should remember about bronchitis in children is that kids must always drink a lot of beverages like water or fruit juices. Bronchitis in children is one of the leading cause of missed school days. Sick children are mostly advised to take a rest so their bodies can heal although some would still prefer to play despite the fever. Other household members should always wash their hands since bronchitis in children is contagious. If the symptoms do not improve after several days, medical attention is needed. It is most likely that bacterial infection is present ,then the doctor would prescribe antibiotics. Bronchitis in children can be arrested as long as you follow the advice given.

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      cathylynn99 7 years ago from northeastern US

      children should never be given aspirin because of the risk of Reye's syndrome, which can be fatal. ibuprofen or acetaminophen are okay, though, for fever and aches.