Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Anon | 2011-09-28

Q.

Cough &  wheezy

Hi Doc

My son is a year old, last week he got a wet cough, and he’ s being nebulised with a saline solution. This week his cough is dry and sounds wheezy, how do get rid of the wheezing. I have been giving him prospan cough mixture. What causes the wheezing?
Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby son has a virus infection, probably the RSV virus which has caused him to have a common illness called bronchiolitis. He now has inflammation of the small airways of his lungs and is wheezing. There is no need to be concerned about the wheeze as long as your son is able to sleep and to take his bottle well. If he is short of breath and if he cannot sleep then he should be seen by a doctor. If he is not short of breath you need to keep his nose clear by using saline nose drops such as Salex twice a day. You can continue to give him the Prospan cough mixture. It will take about a week before he gets over this illness.

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