Bronchitis and Toddlers

Toddlers too can get bronchitis. Actually, they are at most risk of getting the infection than infants. This is because of their nature to explore. They might come across some infected things around them. At this age, everything ends up in the mouth. If they get hold of anything that carries contagious pathogens, chances of those pathogens remaining in the mouth of the toddler are very high. What one should do is uphold a very high standard of hygiene in the house.

People around the toddler should also maintain this. The symptoms of toddler bronchitis are expectorant cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue and occasional chest pains. If some of these symptoms are experienced, the most important thing is to take the child to a doctor. Do not try self medicating on the toddler. This might lead to drug abuse and worsening the condition. A proper diagnosis should be carried out by the doctor.

Blood and sputum tests are done to reveal the nature of the infection and the pathogens causing it. When this is established, medication is given according to the cause of the toddler bronchitis. These infections caused by bacteria are medicated with antibacterial, bronchodilaters and an expectorant cough syrup. Other medications can be given according to the severity of the infection.

Virus caused infections are not treated with antibiotics. These infections usually disappear on their own in a number of days. Toddler bronchitis medication should be taken as per the prescription. The dosage should also be completed. This is the only way you can make sure that all the harmful pathogens have been destroyed or expelled out. Chances of a relapse are lowered.