Bronchiolitis | Treatment

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What can I do to help my child feel better?

There are some things you can do when your child has bronchiolitis:

  • Give your child plenty of liquids. Don't worry if he or she doesn't feel like eating solid foods.
  • Use a cool-mist vaporizer in the bedroom while your child is sleeping.
  • If your child is coughing hard and having trouble breathing, run hot water in the shower or bathtub to steam up the bathroom and sit in there with your child.
  • Check with your doctor if it is okay to give your child acetaminophen (some brand names: Children's or Infants' Tylenol) if he or she has a fever. Don't give your child aspirin. Aspirin has been associated with Reye's syndrome, a rare disease of the brain and liver.

What will my doctor do for my child?

Your doctor will check your child for signs of dehydration (not enough liquids in his or her body). Your doctor will also check to see if your child is getting enough oxygen and may want to check your child for pneumonia. Sometimes, doctors give children a liquid medicine to help with the cough. Your doctor may want to see your child again in 24 hours.

If your child is really working hard to breathe, your doctor may suggest putting him or her in the hospital. Your child can get extra oxygen while in the hospital. Your child can also get extra liquids through the veins (intravenous fluids), which will help prevent dehydration.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

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