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Bronchiolitis

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about bronchiolitis. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

WHAT IS BRONCHIOLITIS?
Bronchiolitis is a swelling of the breathing tubes. It is most common in the winter and spring months. It is caused by a viral infection.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BRONCHIOLITIS?
With bronchiolitis you may see any or all of the following:
• Cough
• Nasal congestion (stuffy nose) and drainage
• Fever
• Rapid, shallow breathing
• Wheezing

HOW IS BRONCHIOLITIS TREATED?
In the hospital:
• Your child will be suctioned to clear secretions (mucous) from the nose and mouth. This will allow your child to breathe easier.
• Your child may be given respiratory or breathing treatments. These treatments may help to open airways.
• Your child may need an IV to provide extra fluids through the vein especially if the child is feeding poorly or is breathing too fast to drink.
• A chest x-ray may be done to check on your child’s condition.
• Your child may need oxygen to help him or her breathe easier.
At home:
• Increase fluids, especially Pedialyte, water, 7-Up, Kool-Aid, apple juice, Popsicles and broth.
• Do not force solid foods. It is common with a viral illness for a child to lose his or her appetite. Your child’s appetite should return as he or she gets better.
• If your child has a fever, you may give Tylenol® or another acetaminophen product (Panadol® or Tempra®). DO NOT give aspirin or aspirin-containing products.
• For the next few days your child will need more rest than usual.
• If the air in your home is dry, a mist humidifier or cool mist vaporizer may be used to help your child breathe easier.
• With infants use a bulb syringe in the mornings and before feedings to help clear secretions (mucous) from the nose.

GIVE MEDICATIONS AS ORDERED
Brochodilators (Albruterol, Proventil, or Ventolin) may be ordered for your child. Follow your physician’s directions.

WHEN SHOULD I CALL THE DOCTOR?
Call your doctor if:
• Your child seems to be getting worse in any way.
• The congestion makes it difficult for your child to drink.
• If your child has difficult or rapid breathing.
• If your child has a fever of 101° or higher.
• If your child’s skin color seems to be pale or blue-gray.

PDF: Child Health Information - BRONCHIOLITIS

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Corregido: 1995, 1999

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1995, 1999

 

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