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.