Frequently Asked Questions

What is the treatment plan if my child has bronchitis?

Acute (short-term) bronchitis usually goes away on its own. Doctors typically don’t prescribe antibiotics for bronchitis unless it’s caused by a bacterial infection, which is more common in children.

Treatments that may help your child get relief from symptoms include:

  •       Drinking plenty of fluids
  •       Getting rest
  •       Breathing moist air — in the shower or from a humidifier or cool-mist vaporizer
  •       Sucking on lozenges (if they’re age 4 or older)- Honey - safe over age 1

 Before giving your child over-the-counter pain relievers, be sure to read and follow all label directions carefully. Never give aspirin to children. Don’t give ibuprofen to children under 6 months of age.

 Don’t give over-the-counter cough or cold medicines to children under age 4. If your child is 4 or older, talk with your doctor about whether these medicines are safe for them.

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