Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Racoon | 2012-03-05



Dear Prof

I suspect my 18 mo son has bronchiolitis? started with a cold, and his cough has worsened quite e bit. Its a hacking cough, which sounds quite tight. I initially thought it was congestion due his teething with his molars, but now I am a bit worried. His respiratory rate last night while sleeping was 38? is that high? I gave him 2.5 ml Celestamine (left over from a previous time) last night and this morning, and also a puff of Combivent. I hope that was ok. Should I wait and see if it improves, or do we need to visit our pead?

many thanks!

Expert's Reply



I agree that the most likely cause of your little toddler's symptoms is a cold and bronchiolitis. Make sure that his nose is kept clear by using Sterimar nasal spray twice a day [paediatric]. This illness usually takes about 5 days before it starts to clear up. The main thing to watch out for is if your son is too short of breath to sleep or feed normally. Also if his respiratory rate is over 40 per minute and he appears to be distressed.

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