It is estimated that bronchitis affects millions of children around the world each year. Bronchitis is more common in younger children, but it can affect children of all ages.

Bronchitis can be serious if it is not treated properly. It can cause permanent damage to the lungs, and can even lead to respiratory failure.

If your child is experiencing symptoms of bronchitis and possibly requires urgent care, please contact Night Lite Pediatrics directly for assistance.

What is pediatric bronchitis?

Bronchitis in children is a respiratory condition in the lining of the bronchial tubes. Pediatric bronchitis is a type of lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) that affects the airways of children under the age of 18. It occurs when the airways become inflamed and swollen due to an infection or irritant.

The most common cause of pediatric bronchitis is infection by a virus, such as the common cold or influenza. Other potential causes include inhaling environmental irritants, such as smoke or dust, or an infection from bacteria or fungi.

It is a common illness that affects many children around the world every year. With proper knowledge and preventive measures, parents can help reduce their child’s risk of developing this common respiratory illness.

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Symptoms of pediatric bronchitis

The symptoms of bronchitis in children vary depending on the type and severity of the infection.

Common symptoms include:

  • a persistent cough that lasts for several weeks
  • shortness of breath
  • fever
  • runny nose
  • chest tightness or pain
  • fatigue
  • breathing with difficulty
  • rapid breathing
  • mild headaches
  • loss of appetite
  • body aches
  • nasal congestion
  • wheezing

Common causes of pediatric bronchitis

Bronchitis can be caused by a variety of factors:

  • Viral infections: these are the most common cause of pediatric bronchitis, including rhinovirus, adenovirus, influenza, parainfluenza, and respiratory infections such as a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
  • Bacterial infections: can also cause bronchitis in children, including Streptococcus pneumonia and Haemophilus influenza.
  • Allergens: such as pet dander, dust mites, and pollen, can irritate the airways, leading to bronchitis.
  • Irritants: pollutants, cigarette smoke, and other pollutants can irritate the airways and cause bronchitis.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): GERD can cause stomach acid to enter the airways, leading to inflammation and bronchitis.
  • Environmental Factors: Children may also develop bronchitis in response to environmental irritants, such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, and dust.

It is also important to note that bronchitis can be contagious, so it is important to practice good hygiene and avoid contact with people who have a common cold or flu.

Complications of pediatric bronchitis

Complications of pediatric bronchitis can include:

  • secondary bacterial infections such as pneumonia
  • wheezing and asthma
  • respiratory failure
  • lung scarring
  • sleep apnea
  • chronic cough and recurrent bouts of bronchitis
  • poor growth and development
  • ear infections
  • recurrent upper respiratory infections
  • chronic bronchitis

Reducing the risk of bronchitis in children

Parents can take steps to reduce their child’s risk of developing bronchitis. Reducing exposure to allergens and irritants, such as dust or smoke, can help reduce the risk of bronchitis.

Additionally, avoiding contact with people who have a cold or flu can help prevent the spread of viral or bacterial infections that can cause bronchitis. It is also important to make sure your child gets plenty of rest and proper nutrition to help boost their immune system.

Regular exercise can also help reduce the risk of bronchitis in children. Exercise helps to strengthen the lungs and can help reduce the risk of respiratory infections.

It is important to ensure that your child is up to date on their vaccinations, as this can help reduce the risk of developing bronchitis.

Children bronchitis treatment

Treatment for bronchitis in toddlers, teenagers and infants depends on the severity of the condition and can range from home remedies to medications. Home remedies such as rest, hydration, and increased humidity can help reduce symptoms.

Medicine such as antibiotics, bronchodilators, and corticosteroids may be prescribed in more severe cases.

Inhaled medications and breathing treatments may also be recommended to help clear the airways and reduce inflammation. In some cases, oxygen therapy may be necessary.

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What is the cost of pediatric bronchitis treatment?

The treatment costs for pediatric bronchitis will depend on a number of factors, including the cause, if further tests are required, the severity of the case and the decided-upon treatment plan.

We also accept most major medical health insurance policies and self-pay options.

Urgent Care near me for pediatric bronchitis

Night Lite Pediatrics off our patients in the Central Florida medical community the highest in pediatric urgent care.

Our clinics are open seven days a week, accommodating walk-ins and suggested arrival times. You can contact us at any of our 13 Florida locations listed below:

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Below you can find a list of common questions and answers regarding pediatric bronchitis.

Bronchitis in children younger than 10 can range from mild to severe. Mild cases can be managed at home with over-the-counter medications, humidifiers, and plenty of fluids.

Severe cases may require hospitalization and treatment with antibiotics, steroids, or oxygen.

Yes, it is important to have your child evaluated by a doctor if they have difficulty breathing. This could be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as bronchitis, asthma or allergies.

Yes, RSV can cause bronchitis in children. Bronchiolitis, the most common type of RSV infection in children, is a form of bronchitis. It is usually a mild illness in most children but can lead to serious complications in some children.

It depends on the type and severity of bronchitis. Generally, acute bronchitis (caused by a virus) can last 7-10 days, while a bacterial infection may linger for up to 4 weeks.

Yes, bronchitis can be contagious in a child. It can be spread through contact with an infected person, through coughing and sneezing, or through contact with contaminated surfaces.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.


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