Baby Your Baby - Bronchiolitis

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's not fun having a sick baby during the holidays. They're fussy and they don't feel well, which makes what should be a fun and happy time difficult for everyone.

In this week's Baby Your Baby, we look at one virus parents need to be aware of before it strikes.

Bronchiolitis is similar to bronchitis except it affects mainly young children under the age of two. It is a common - and sometimes severe - illness.

Bronchiolitis causes the small airways leading to the lungs, known as bronchioles, to become swollen and filled with mucous, making it difficult to breathe. It can be caused by several different infections, most commonly by viruses such as rsv, the flu or rhinovirus.

Here are the symptoms of bronchiolitis at the beginning stages: Runny nose, cough, congestion and low-grade fever. After a few days, these symptoms worsen with a more severe cough and wheezing. And pediatrician Dr. Vanessa Lopez says children who have severe bronchiolitis need to be hospitalized immediately.

"Bronchiolitis is a lower respiratory; yes it can be serious," she says.

To prevent brochiolitis, doctors recommend frequent hand washing and keeping young children away from sick people. If your child shows some of the symptoms, be sure to contact a doctor right away.

If you would like more information about Wesley Medical center's family education classes you can click on Find It on our homepage.

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