Bronchitis in children usually occurs after a cold and is characterized by a dry cough and typically lasts about 4-6 weeks. If you are a health care professional providing treatment to the pediatric population, consider taking a PALS certification that will increase your knowledge about respiratory emergencies and how to approach these emergency situations and provide a healthier outcome.
Bronchitis is not contagious. Some children will require antibiotics, steroids or neutralizer treatments. To help a child with bronchitis breathe better, you may use a humidifier at night time and keep the child away from cigarette smoke. Provide an atmosphere without any irritants such as perfumes, sprays of any kind or extreme hot or cold temperatures. If at any time a child has any difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately. The paramedics have taken a PALS course and have been certified in providing emergency treatment to the pediatric population.