This infection of the respiratory tract is transmitted by:
- Nasal discharge, colds or coryza
- Coughing and sneezing
- Unclean hands, soiled objects
Signs and symptoms
- The infant has trouble breathing
- Respiration is slow and wheezing
- Coughing, nasal discharge, sneezing, fever, loss of appetite and fatigue
La bronchiolite peut mener à certaines complications, dont:
- Respiratory distress often requiring hospitalisation, especially among infants not yet 3 months old
- Bronchiolitis may cause asthma.
The treatment varies depending on the symptoms. The illness gradually resolves on its own over a period of 3 to 10 days. The following may be used:
- Acetaminophen (to alleviate the fever)
- Occasionally, bronchodilators in syrop or aerosol form
- Clapping on the thorax (if recommended by the physician) to clear the bronchial tubes.
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