MOST COMMON INFANT RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS, IS BRONCHIOLITIS – The RED warning signs!
The most common infant respiratory illness within the first years of life is called Bronchiolitis. It usually begins with a typical upper respiratory viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses etc. and then progresses into a persistent cough over the next 3-5 days that is also associated with poor feeding and difficult breathing.
Diagnosis is usually made clinically and one in five cases end up with a hospital admission. The illness seems to effect infants under two years of age, but most commonly under the age of one year of age. Infants of 3-6 months of age are deemed most susceptible to this illness.
Mild cases can be treated at home, but it’s essential that parents are made aware of sever cases that present “RED warning signs” and should take immediate action and take their child to an emergency hospital unit!
The RED warning signs:
* Very difficult breathing with odd chest movements, odd nostril movements and grunting sounds.
* Breathing pauses.
* Blue coloured lips, face etc.
* Poor fluid intake with no wet diapers for the last 12 hours.
* Slow to wake up after your normal social stimulations, which will be out of character.
Other symptoms may include fever, persistent coughing, fast pulse rates, chest crackles and odd chest movements.
There is no specific treatment for Bronchiolitis; management is primarily supportive in nature comprising of Oxygen and Fluid administration. Other treatment protocols may include bronchodilators, steroids, nebulised adrenalin, pulse oximetry and feeding tubes.
Be vigilant to the included “RED warning signs” because being slow to react may have devastating consequences.
If you are unsure of your infant’s current signs and symptoms, do not wait, but “Call For Help” immediately.