What are the symptoms of bronchiolitis?
At first, the symptoms of bronchiolitis may resemble the symptoms of a common cold. Your child will probably have a runny nose and a slight fever for 2 to 3 days. Then your child may begin to cough, breathe fast and wheeze (make a high-pitched whistling sound when breathing) for another 2 or 3 days.
When should I call the doctor?
Call your doctor if:
- Your child is vomiting and can't keep liquids down.
- Your child is breathing very fast, more than 40 breaths in 1 minute.
- You can see your child's skin pull in between the ribs with each breath or your child has to sit up to be able to breathe.
- Your child has had heart disease or was born prematurely. In this case, call the doctor at the first signs of this illness.
If your child's skin develops a bluish color, especially around the lips or in the fingertips, it may be a sign that he or she is not getting enough oxygen. Seek medical care or go to the emergency room right away.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff