Acute Bronchitis Laguna Beach

Acute Bronchitis in Children

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which connect the lungs to the trachea. The irritated lining of these tube produces more mucus, the tissues are irritated, and it becomes difficult to breathe.

There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. While chronic bronchitis is a condition that can last for years, acute bronchitis develops quickly and lasts no more than a few weeks. Acute bronchitis is most often caused by bacteria or viruses. While the symptoms can be severe, most cases clear up on their own, and it is not usually a serious illness for healthy children.

Symptoms of Acute Bronchitis

Common signs of acute bronchitis include:

  • Coughing
  • Chest Pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

Other symptoms of the disease may include a low-grade fever, chills, or a sore throat from coughing.

Although this disease is not usually life-threatening, the symptoms are similar to some more serious conditions. Your pediatrician may order blood tests or a chest x-ray to rule out other diseases or secondary infections, such as pneumonia.

Treatment Options

Because acute bronchitis is most often caused by a viral infection, it cannot be combatted with antibiotics most other medications. However, the symptoms can be treated with cough medicine, pain relievers, and fever reducing medications.

To help your child feel better during recovery, we recommend:

Humidifiers: to keep the air moist and make it easier for your child to breathe

Fluids: It is important to keep your child hydrated and keep the air passages moist

Washing hands: Good hygiene can reduce the spread of germs that cause bronchitis and other diseases, and help prevent secondary infections

If your child is suffering with any of these symptoms, it is important to have a pediatrician check them to determine if it is acute bronchitis or something more serious. Newport Children’s Medical Group is ready to help those in Laguna Beach and the surrounding areas. Call us at (949) 499-4538 to make an appointment right away.