Symptoms of bronchitis in babies are characterized by symptoms of ARI (namely a mild upper respiratory tract infection) then the baby’s coughing condition within 2 to 3 days gets worse even until vomiting and also hisses when your baby breathes, and in very severe conditions it will cause bluish bruising in the baby and enlarged nostrils with each inhale. You can call the doctor immediately if your baby has a cough that gets worse for more than two days accompanied by a fever. In the case of babies who have bronchitis, the fever will peak at 103 degrees F. You should also immediately contact medical personnel if your baby has difficulty breathing and also becomes lethargic.
However, for mild conditions you can do some therapies that can help your baby to relieve symptoms of bronchitis while at home:
1. For your baby who has been getting food ASI companion fluids can be given to relieve symptoms of bronchitis and also to keep your baby’s body hydrated.
2. Humidify the air in the room will help your baby breathe easier, but you must also pay attention to the cleanliness of your baby’s room to avoid dust and other debris.
3. For babies who have a cough with phlegm, you can help to smooth it out by providing moisture to be inhaled so that the sputum doesn’t choke or by using a humidifer.
4. Your baby should get plenty of rest and always avoid cold weather, dust, and fumes which can irritate the airways.
5. You can provide comfort for your baby by tapping your baby’s chest to relieve symptoms of bronchitis.
Although in general the symptoms of bronchitis will reduce within one week and also infant mortality by bronchitis is less than 1%, it is important to take early precautions that you apply in your family environment. Following are the precautions you can do in your family environment by washing your hands frequently, meeting good nutritional needs, getting enough sleep and avoiding people who are sick to provide extra prevention for your baby. As for the things you must remember always avoid cigarette smoke in babies you, both in good health, especially in a sick condition. In providing medical prevention, you can consult a doctor, whether your baby who is prone to prolonged bronchitis or severe respiratory infections needs vaccination.