Wheezing, which is one of the health problems frequently encountered by newborns and infants under 1 year old, does not always mean pneumonia and bronchitis. Sometimes there may be temporary throat wheezing due to temporary nasal congestion or soft laryngeal cartilage. Liv Hospital Pediatric Specialist Asst. Assoc. Dr. Emre Çenesiz explained the causes and treatment of wheezing.
What are the causes of wheezing?
The cause of wheezing is the blockage in the bronchi (oil). For this reason, forcing air coming in and out starts to sound like a whistling sound. You may notice that your child begins to breathe faster and more often to increase oxygen intake. Parents usually describe this as saying that my child was breathing in the belly.
How to notice?
Wheezing may occur with more than one finding: Increasing the number of breaths in the child Opening and closing the nose wings to allow the child to breathe more.
What can you do at home against wheezing?
Because wheezing is usually caused by viral infections in children, close contact should be avoided and hands should be washed frequently at home. The home environment should be kept clean, cigarette smoke, chemical air pollutants should not be, the room humidity should be between 40-45 degrees, temperature between 22-24 degrees. It is recommended to increase fluid intake and clear secretions in the nose and throat.
If a baby growls, when should a doctor be seen?
If the cough affects the child's sleep, nutrition, breathing fast, accompanied by fever, coughing and then vomiting, if it starts to be mild and gradually intensified, spasmatic cough or croup, which is called croup, should be consulted to a doctor. Because the diseases caused by viral infection are contagious, children should not be sent to school during wheezing to prevent possible infectiousness if necessary.