Is bronchitis common in infants?
Bronchitis, a swelling of the large airways of the lungs (called bronchi) occurs more often in older children and adults.
What’s more common in babies and younger children is a similar-sounding condition called bronchiolitis. That’s when smaller airways, called bronchioles, become swollen and narrowed, making it difficult for the baby to breathe. Bronchiolitis is most often caused by a viral infection such as a cold or flu. Infants and children under age 2 are most commonly affected because they may not be able to fight off lung infections as well as adults can.
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