Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mina | 2010/06/02


Wheezing cough

Hi there,
My 15 month old has been coughing for two days now, I noticed yesterday that there was this sound when she was breathing and it looked like she had a difficulty breathing, could this be asthma or bronchitis? What should I give her? I can''t describe the sound properly, it sound more like whistling.

Expert's Reply



You describe the wheezing sound very well. Your little girl probably has a viral chest infection called bronchiolitis This illness usually lasts for 7 to 10 days. If she is able to eat and drink and to sleep normally then there is no need for any great concern. If she cannot drink properly and cannot sleep she must be seen by a doctor.

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Posted by: !!!! | 2010/06/03

Hmom is right - it is actually a viral infection (usually RS virus) not bronchillitus - My gp calls it bronchillitus and the paediatrician calls it the RS virus - not sure if its actually the same thing? Any case they told me antibiotics won''t help - they just have to get through it - they give meds (to assist with symptoms) and oxygen in hospital. Both my children were hospitilised with it before 1 year.

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Posted by: ???? | 2010/06/02

Where do you get that from HMom? My son was hospitalised for the 1st with bronchilitis at 10 months. And twice again after that as well and he is now 22 months.

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Posted by: HMom | 2010/06/02

Wheezing - your child is wheezing. i would take him/ her to the doctor. It could be bronchiolitus and would need proper medical advise. Over the counter stuff isnt going to work. 15 month old babies get neither asthma (or cant be diagnosed yet) or bronchitis.

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