- Bronchitis causes the lungs to swell and produce mucus, making it harder to breath. It will also create a dry, phlegmy cough.
- The most common symptoms of bronchitis is children is a cough, runny nose, chest congestion or pain, cold symptoms, vomiting or gagging and wheezing.
- Treatments depends on a child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on the kind and severity of their bronchitis.
During the winter it can be hard to pin down what is causing your child’s runny nose and cough. While one of the most common culprits is a cold, but bronchitis shares similar symptoms. This illness can be acute or chronic and takes place in their bronchial tubes which carry air to their lungs. If they become inflamed, it’s most often due to infection from a virus. They’ll swell and produce mucus, making it harder to breath and lead to a nasty cough.
Acute bronchitis only lasts a few weeks, whereas chronic bronchitis can last anywhere from several months to several years. Fortunately, unless there is a bacterial infection present, they won’t require antibiotics. Instead, the treatment is plenty of rest and fluids, as well as cold medication to help ease coughing, runny nose, and any other symptoms. To help parents get better informed on bronchitis, here’s a look at the most common bronchitis symptoms, causes, and treatment options.
Symptom: Dry or Mucus-Filled Cough
Symptoms of bronchitis can look different from child to child and are also dependent on the kind of bronchitis (acute or chronic). Pay close attention to the sound of your child’s cough. If it sounds phlegmy or mucusy, it could be the result of an inflamed respiratory tract.
Even if doesn’t turn out to be bronchitis, this type of cough is still worth having a doctor look at. However, a persistent dry cough can also be indicative of bronchitis, especially if your child begins coughing up thick white, yellow, or greenish mucus.