How do I know if my child has chest infection?
The main symptoms are:
- a chesty cough – you may cough up green or yellow mucus.
- wheezing and shortness of breath.
- chest pain or discomfort.
- a high temperature.
- a headache.
- aching muscles.
What are the early signs of pneumonia in a child?
What are the symptoms of pneumonia in a child?
- Cough that produces mucus.
- Cough pain.
- Vomiting or diarrhea.
- Loss of appetite.
- Tiredness (fatigue)
What are the signs of bronchitis in a child?
What are the symptoms of acute bronchitis in a child?
- Dry or mucus-filled cough.
- Vomiting or gagging.
- Runny nose, often before a cough starts.
- Chest congestion or pain.
- An overall body discomfort or not feeling well.
- Slight fever.
- Back and muscle pain.
Will a chest infection go away by itself?
Many mild chest infections will resolve on their own in about a week’s time. A chest infection that’s caused by bacteria will need to be treated with a course of antibiotics. Severe or complicated chest infections may require treatment in a hospital.
When does a child’s cough need antibiotics?
When does your child need antibiotics? Your child MIGHT have a bacterial infection in these cases, and you should check with the doctor if these happen: A cough does not get better in 14 days. Symptoms of a sinus infection do not get better in 10 days, or they get better and then worse again.
How long should a child have a cough before going to the doctor?
When to See a Doctor for Cough
See your doctor if: The cough lasts 3 weeks. A persistent cough should be evaluated by a medical professional because it could be a sign of an underlying medical problem. The cough gets worse, not better.
What are the first signs of RSV?
- Runny nose.
- Decrease in appetite.
How long is a child contagious with bronchitis?
If you have begun taking antibiotics for bronchitis, you usually stop being contagious 24 hours after starting the medication. If you have a viral form of bronchitis, antibiotics will not work. You will be contagious for at least a few days and possibly for as long as a week.
How do you break up chest congestion in toddlers?
There is a range of home remedies that can provide congestion relief for toddlers:
- Steam inhalation. A warm, steamy room can help loosen thick mucus and make it easier for a child to breathe. …
- Humidifier. …
- Bulb suction. …
- Saline nasal sprays. …
- Chicken soup. …
- OTC pain relievers. …
- Plenty of fluids. …
- Changing sleeping position.