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Bronchitis is an infection of the mucous lining of the bronchial (breathing) tubes in your child's lungs. It may be caused by a virus, smoke or other environmental pollutants.
A virus must run its course. An antibiotic may help only if the bronchitis is caused by a bacteria.
Symptoms of bronchitis are:
- cough with thick mucus
- shortness of breath.
How to make your child feel more comfortable
- Give your child extra liquids. This will help clear his congestion.
- Try to have your child rest as much as possible.
- Keep your child away from secondhand smoke.
When to call your health care provider
Call your health care provider for an appointment if your child has problems breathing or swallowing.