What are the symptoms of bronchitis I should look for in my child?

Your child may have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Cold-like symptoms
  • A dry, hacking cough with no mucus. This is called a non-productive cough, and it may be worse at night. The cough may become productive (with mucus) in two to three days.
  • Fever (temperature over 100.3°F)
  • Not feeling hungry
  • Tiredness
  • Inconsolable (cannot be calmed for at least a few minutes each hour using methods that usually work for your child, such as holding, rocking, pacifiers or soothing talk).

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Lung Disease and Respiratory System

Lung Disease and Respiratory System

Diseases, pollutants and genetics can affect your respiratory health. The simple cold - which is caused by more than 200 different viruses - inflames the upper respiratory tract, resulting in a cough, runny nose and sneezing. A mo...

re severe cough combined with mucus is a sign of bronchitis, where the membranes lining the bronchial tubes become inflamed. The inflammatory lung disease asthma affects more than 20 million people, making airways constrict when exposed to irritants like dust, pet dander and cigarette smoke. Pneumonia, another inflammation of the lungs, can occur because of a bacterial or viral infection. People suffering from cystic fibrosis, an inherited lung disease, frequently battle bacterial infections and airways clogged with thick and sticky mucus.

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