From mid-October to the end of winter, this is the season of bronchiolitis. A highly contagious respiratory disease which is prevalent in crèches and other nursery schools. On average, 30% of children under the age of 2 are infected each year. Sacred record! Behind the often wonderful symptoms, especially for young parents (cough, shortness of breath), bronchiolitis is usually benign. When Baby is concerned, of course it is necessary to consult a pediatrician or doctor, and give him the appropriate treatment to treat bronchiolitis. But on a daily basis, there are also small actions to promote or carefully avoid, for the sake of his well-being and health.
Leave it at school or daycare
Whether or not to keep a child at home is the eternal question of parents. If your baby shows symptoms of bronchiolitis, it is best to stay home as much as possible. First of all, because his breathing, his diet and his state of hydration need monitoring. Then, because bronchiolitis is an infectious disease. It is better to stop the epidemic, if possible!
Overheat your room
When Baby is in a bad mood, we only want one thing: make his room a warm and cozy cocoon. However, overheating the room is a bad idea! Overheating will dry out the surrounding air, which can harm the baby’s breathing, as it will dry out his mucous membranes and aggravate their itching. Ideally, his room should have a temperature of 19°C, and a humidity level of between 40% and 60%. If he seems cold, it is better to cover him or dress him more warmly. Regularly, even in winter and when he is sick, open the window to change the air in the house, prevent indoor pollution, and reduce the number of viruses and bacteria still present in the air.
Practice some respiratory physiotherapy techniques
A few years ago, respiratory physiotherapy was a safe bet to relieve the symptoms of bronchiolitis in babies. Since 2019, the High Authority for Health has reviewed its copy: respiratory physio is no longer recommended in children under one year of age, and some procedures are contraindicated. This exercise can take different forms, but the goal is to expel the mucus from the bronchi to the throat by pressing his hands on the stomach and ribs, and thus a child expels them the cough is not enough. Due to the lack of evidence supporting its effectiveness, this method is no longer recommended. Some doctors even believe that it is counterproductive, because it tires the child unnecessarily. ” Today, respiratory physiotherapy techniques using postural drainage, vibration and clapping are contraindicated in acute bronchiolitis. Respiratory physiotherapy through increased expiratory flow (EFA) is not recommended for hospitalized infants “HAS was written.
Give him cough syrup
The baby is coughing and you feel sorry for him. So, even if his pediatrician didn’t say anything about it, you’re tempted to invest in a cough syrup. Bad idea! First of all, because these drugs are not suitable for children. Then, because their effectiveness has not been shown in children, while they can have side effects. Finally, because coughing is useful and necessary to declutter the respiratory system. If you want to help your child, wash their nose regularly.
Smoking near the baby when sick
You know, passive smoking is not a good idea. This is particularly the case for a baby, especially when the latter is sick. Exposing your child to cigarette smoke worsens the symptoms of his illness, especially his breathing difficulties, and promotes relapses.
Stop breastfeeding during bronchiolitis
Of course, you can breastfeed if and when you want. However, be aware that studies have shown that breast milk contains antibodies that help the baby fight infections. “Do not hesitate to continue it if it goes well, by giving shorter and more frequent feedings to your child if he has bronchiolitis, so that he is not too tired, and to limit the risk of vomiting. (related to the contraction of the stomach in an overfilled stomach)“, advocates Dr. Emilie Eyssartier, pediatric surgeon and medical director at Biloba.
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