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Bronchitis is an infection of the bronchial tubes, which lead to the lungs; in children it's almost always caused by virus There is usually plenty of coughing. Sometimes a child ns short of breath. At times you can hear faraway squeaky lies as the child breathes. Parents worry when they think they . mucus vibrating in the chest. Actually, the mucus is in the throat; the noise it makes is transmitted to the chest.

A mild case of bronchitis, with no fever or loss of appetite and mild coughing, is only a little more serious than a cold in the nose. The treatment is the same as for a bad cold: rest, fluids in moderation and tender loving care. If coughing interferes sleep, a cough-suppressant may help. Antibiotics should not be prescribed because they do not kill the viruses that cause bronchitis.

However, if the child acts sick, becomes short of breath or has a fever of more than 38.3°C (101°F), call the doctor. Bronchitis can be mistaken for other, more serious infections that may require treatment with antibiotics.

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