Bronchitis is as a result of inflammation of the large bronchi also known as the medium sized airways. The cause is either a bacterial or viral infection. This can affect anyone. This includes children. Bronchitis in children is as a result of the two pathogens. When the cause is a viral pathogen, the symptoms usually disappear in a matter of days on their own.
Bacterial infections need to be medicated using antibiotics and should be taken together with an expectorant cough syrup. This syrup helps expel harmful bacteria from the lungs. Antihistamines should not be used as they work against the expectorant cough syrup. They thicken the mucous making it hard for it to be expelled out of the lungs. For a successful recovery from a bronchitis infection, medication should be taken after having gotten proper prescription from the doctor. The medication should be taken at the right time and the right dosage.
Usually, you will notice that when a child has bronchitis she feels better after two or three days of taking the medication. This does not mean that you stop giving it to her. For a complete treatment of the condition, a full dosage is quite important. It is also good to teach your child the importance of completing the medication.
A child usually starts having a dry cough when she is getting a bronchitis infection. This cough is usually dry and can even wake her up at night. After a few days, the cough becomes productive. This can be followed by other symptoms such as fever, fatigue, chest pains, headache and general body weakness. These symptoms usually disappear in a few days. The cough can last for up to a month. Bronchitis can lead to pneumonia. It is therefore very important to seek medical advice immediately.