Bronchitis is a respiratory condition that results when the lining of the
airway becomes inflamed. Bronchitis typically occurs in conjunction with
cold symptoms or another respiratory infection. You should become familiar
with these common symptoms of bronchitis in children so that you will
know if your child needs to see a pediatrician or visit an
urgent care facility for treatment.
Common Cold Symptoms
Bronchitis often occurs along with a cold, or immediately after a cold.
If your child exhibits common
cold symptoms along with other symptoms of bronchitis, he should visit his pediatrician
or pediatric urgent care for diagnosis and treatment. The cold symptoms
that you should be on the lookout for include a runny nose, sore throat,
a mild fever, and a cough. In rare cases, these symptoms may include chills,
back pain, and muscle pain.
A Changing Cough and Shortness of Breath
If your child has bronchitis, his cough will change or evolve over time.
It may initially begin as a dry cough, and then develop into a wet or
wheezing cough. This cough can cause pain in the throat or upper chest.
Very young children may gag or vomit after prolonged periods of coughing.
Your child may experience mild wheezing and shortness of breath that is
exacerbated by coughing or exercise. If your child is having significant
difficulty breathing, you should visit a pediatric urgent care facility
General Discomfort and Fatigue
In addition to the other symptoms discussed, your child may also feel generally
unwell and tired. He may seem disinterested in activities that he usually
enjoys, and he may sleep more than normal. Your child’s pediatrician
can perform a physical exam and chest x-ray to determine if he has bronchitis.
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