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is it fatal for an infant to get bronchitis?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll answered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
No: Bronchitis is a generic term that really refers to large airway inflammation. Infants and children tend to get bronchiolitis, which is inflammation of the small airways due to infections, typically viral. Neither condition is universally fatal, yet all illnesses, if severe enough, could lead to death. Make sure to have your child examined by their physician.
Dr. Theodore Cole
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Bronchitis itself is rarely fatal, but it can worsen into a more serious condition that can be fatal. The vast majority of respiratory infections are self-limited and clear without serious harm.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What can you do to treat bronchitis in infants?

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Dr. Hilary Petersel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Bronchitis: Bronchitis is a loose term thrown around to indicate chest infection. "Bronchitis" in children is a viral infection typically treated supportively. I believe you may mean bronchiolitis which indicates a viral infection in the small airways of the lungs. This can be observed with no medication, but may require nebulizer medications. If you need more info, please request virtual consult.

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