What is bronchitis, and is it common in young children?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the large airways in the lungs. It usually happens with a cold. Bronchitis is usually not found in babies and young children.

A virus usually causes bronchitis. This means that antibiotics will not usually help treat it. Antibiotics kill bacteria and not viruses. Washing your hands well can help stop the infection from spreading.

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