A Cough Accompanied By Difficulty Breathing And Cold Sweat?
Hello, my child. At 2.8 months I have a cold cough for 1 week, my breathing is a bit short and then my body is sweaty but the sweat is cold and the body is cold, is that a sign of brongkitis?
Hello, thank you for the question.
Coughing is one of the body's defense mechanisms to expel foreign matter in the respiratory tract. Cough in children is a common thing and in some cases, coughing can cause difficulty in breathing / shortness of breath. Cough accompanied by difficulty breathing can be caused by several diseases, such as:
The flu, most often caused by a viral infection, is usually accompanied by a runny nose, sneezing, and fever.
Asthma, coughing is usually accompanied by the sound of wheezing due to narrowing of the airways and usually has offspring or families with asthma as well.
Pneumonia, which is an infection of the lungs, where coughing up phlegm accompanied by shortness of breath / difficulty breathing, due to increased mucus production in the lungs
Croup, which is a respiratory infection (larynx, trachea and bronchi) that causes excessive mucus production, which stimulates coughing and breathing difficulties. Coughing usually gets worse at night and when the child cries
Bronchiolitis, a viral infectious disease that occurs in children less than 2 years due to small channels in the lungs experiencing swelling and excessive mucus production so that the cough that occurs is accompanied by wheezing, rapid breathing, and hoarseness.
Pertussis or whooping cough, occurs due to a bacterial infection of pertussis which causes the airways to become inflamed and narrow. Whooping cough can be identified by a continuous barrage of hard cough, which starts with a long breath through the mouth (whooping cough).
Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial airways that is usually caused by infection and is usually more common in adults. Diseases caused by respiratory tract infections generally cause excessive mucus production in the airways so that it stimulates coughing, and if mucus production continues and in children it is usually difficult to expel it, can cause breathing difficulties. Difficulty in breathing will cause oxygen to circulate throughout the body to be reduced so that the body will respond by narrowing blood flow in less important parts of the body such as the skin, etc. to increase blood flow to vital organs. Therefore in children with shortness of breath can cause cold feet and hands. To find out the cause of cough accompanied by difficulty breathing, you should consult a pediatrician. The doctor will conduct a thorough examination and supporting examinations if needed, such as laboratory examinations, x-rays, etc. Treatment will be tailored to the cause of the complaint. Some things you can do to reduce complaints include:
Improve the condition of the humidity in the child's room
Consume more water, or drink warm drinks like tea, warm lemon juice, or warm water plus honey
Inhale steam to help thin the mucus
Eat nutritious foods, reduce foods that stimulate cough, such as spicy, oily foods
Do not hesitate to visit a doctor immediately if the child's cough is felt to be increasingly heavy especially when accompanied by shortness of breath, rapid breathing, cold feet and hands, blue lips, high fever, the child looks weak, or coughing with blood.
Thus, hopefully useful.
greetings, dr. Nova