Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Bronchiolitis in Children

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What treatments are available for bronchiolitis?

Most cases of bronchiolitis are mild and can be treated at home. Because there is no cure for the disease (antibiotics don't work against bronchiolitis), the goal of treatment is to lessen any discomfort your child may be feeling from the symptoms. If the physician feels your child is stable enough to be treated at home, she may recommend:

  • increased fluid intake (giving your child more liquids)
  • frequent suctioning (with a bulb syringe) of your child's nose and mouth (to help get rid of thick secretions)
  • breathing treatments, as ordered by your child's doctor
  • keeping your child's head elevated while sleeping
  • medications (to help open your child's airways), as ordered by your child's doctor

If your infant is having severe breathing problems, he may be treated in the hospital. Here, treatment may include:

  • intravenous (IV) fluids if your child is unable to drink well
  • oxygen therapy
  • frequent suctioning of your child's nose and mouth (to help get rid of thick secretions)
  • breathing treatments, as ordered by your child's doctor

Your child's physician will determine the proper treatment plan, taking into consideration:

  • your baby's gestational age, overall health and medical history
  • your baby's tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
  • extent of the condition
  • expectations for the course of the condition
  • your opinion or preference
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