Bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis
February 20, 2013 Melissa Bauman
 

Recent Illness in the Clinic: Bronchiolitis

Want to know what’s going around in your neighborhood? Urgent Care for Kids has started seeing a higher volume of patients with RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) also known as Bronchiolitis. It is a very common virus that leads to cold-like symptoms in adults and older children but can be more serious in young babies.

Symptoms

 

  •  Breathing difficulty or labored breathing
  •  Cough
  • Croupy cough (“seal bark” sounding)
  • Nasal flaring
  • Stuffy nose and thick nasal drainage
  • Wheezing
  • Rapid breathing (tachypnea)

Expected Course

 

Wheezing and tight breathing can last approximately 7 days and the cough for about 14 days. The most common complication of bronchiolitis is an ear infection that can occur in 20% of infants. Bronchiolitis can be easily diagnosed with a nasal swab and certain treatments can be suggested including breathing treatments, nasal suctioning and more.

Cause

  RSV is the most common germ causing airway and lung infections in infants and young children. This virus can spread through droplets in the air when a sick person or child coughs, sneezes or blows their nose. RSV can spread rapidly in crowded households, day care centers and schools.

 

Call Our Office

  Immediately If:

  • Breathing becomes labored of difficult
  • Breathing becomes faster than 60 breaths/minute
  • Your child starts wheezing or having very sticky nasal mucus

Within 24 hours if:

  • There is any suggestion of an earache
  • A fever lasts more than 3 days
  • You have other questions or concerns

 

If your child is showing these symptoms and you would like to see a Pediatrician and have a rapid test for RSV you can check in online using the button below.

check-in bronchiolitis

 

 

Urgent Care for Kids now has two clinics covering 12 hours of the day and seven days a week! We are here to make sure that your child is taken care of all hours of the day and night when you need it most!

 

 

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