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How to Treat Bronchiolitis
There is no medication to cure viral infections. Doctors sometimes prescribe corticosteroids. These may help to reduce swelling and mucus in the airways. But, there is limited evidence showing its benefits.
This infection usually clears on its own after a week or ten days. There are several ways to make the child more comfortable while he or she is experiencing symptoms:
- Have the child drink clear liquids.
- Use a vaporizer in the bedroom.
- When the child is coughing or having difficulty breathing, steam the bathroom using hot water from the shower. Sit in there with the child.
- Advise smoking parents to not smoke in front of child.
- Use acetaminophen (eg, Children's or Infant's Tylenol) if a fever is present.
In severe cases, medical treatment may be needed. The doctor will check for Dehydration and pneumonia. The doctor will also make sure the child is getting enough oxygen. Medications may be as well.
Call the doctor if the child:
- Is vomiting and can't keep liquids down
- Is breathing very fast (more than 40 breaths in one minute)
- Has bluish skin, especially around the lips or on the fingertips
- Has to sit up to breathe
- Was born prematurely or has a history of heart disease
- Appears dehydrated