Acute viral bronchiolitis


Information and Tips for Parents

Acute viral bronchiolitis is a common infection that affects the respiratory tract of children under two years old. It is mainly caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but other viruses can also be responsible and may not always be detected by tests. The symptoms of bronchiolitis include a stuffy nose, cough, fever, wheezing, pauses in breathing, difficulty breathing, feeding problems, and fatigue. Some children are at higher risk, including babies under three months, premature babies, and those with pre-existing health issues.

If your child has symptoms of bronchiolitis, it's important to know how to take care of them at home.

Here are some helpful tips:

Home Monitoring: Be attentive to signs of respiratory distress, such as persistent rapid breathing, signs of retractions (muscles between the ribs pulling in during breathing), or pauses in breathing. Also, watch for decreased feeding despite frequent attempts, excessive fatigue, paleness, or persistent fever. If you notice any of these signs, it's best to contact your doctor or pediatrician for further advice.

Home Care: Regularly practice nasal care by using saline solution before each meal. This will help clear your child's nasal passages and ease their breathing. Also, make sure to maintain adequate hydration by dividing feeding into smaller amounts. Give them smaller quantities of milk more frequently to prevent dehydration. Finally, if your child has a fever, treat it with age-appropriate medications and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Medical Consultation: If you have persistent concerns about your child's condition, don't hesitate to contact or consult your treating doctor or pediatrician. If you're unable to reach them, know that pediatric emergency services are available 24/7 to assist you in case of need.

It is essential to closely monitor your child and take appropriate measures to ensure their recovery.

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