Treat Coughs And Colds In Children To Shortness Of Breath?
Hello, my 4 month old child has a cold and cough, so it’s hard to breathe because his nose is covered with phlegm. What I want to ask is I have a nebulizer at home, so what do I use for the mixed medicine?
Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Cold cough and difficulty or shortness of breath is often a worry, especially if it occurs in children who are still very young. Among the possible conditions that cause shortness of breath in children are:
Asthma. It is an inflammatory disease of the airways and is triggered by heredity, allergies, pollution and cold weather
Pneumonia. Lung infection disease that can arise due to bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites
Bronchiolitis. Lung infection, usually viral, causes inflammation and blockage of any of the lung structures, and results in shortness of breath
If you want to know more about shortness of breath in children, please click the following link to our article on Shortness of Breath. In the case of your child, there are at least two things you should pay attention to. The first is that there are many conditions that cause shortness of breath, and not all of them can be treated with a nebulizer or steam. Especially because your child is still 4 months old, his medical history is not long enough to be given a nebulizer immediately without a doctor's examination.
Second, even if you need a nebulizer, the mixture is usually a drug that you can't just get without a prescription, especially since your child is still a baby and requires a dose adjustment that should be determined by a doctor.
So, it would be much better if you check your child first to the doctor, so that your doctor can later determine the tendency of your child's disease. If there is a suspicion that it points to a bacterial infection, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
In the meantime, keep breastfeeding your child, and if you want to steam, give the relatively safe steam of plain water after boiling. If your child has a fever or the shortness of breath gets worse, immediately take him to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. Hope your child gets well soon.
That's all, hope it helps.
dr. Amadeo D Basfiansa