Bronchiolitis | Symptoms

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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

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/09

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