Can we use albuterol nebulizer in treatment of bronchiolitis?

Bronchiolitis. Typically, treatment for bronchiolitis is supportive. Patients may be offered a trial of albuterol nebulizer therapies to help ease work of breathing or wheezing associated with bronchiolitis. If the trial is successful in terms of symptom relief, then the medication may be continued on a scheduled or as needed basis. If not, the utility of continued use may be discussed with the treating doctor.
YES. Bronchiolitis common below 2 years old caused by RSV sx wheezing, tachypnea, sometimes with subcostal retractions responds to nebulizer with proventil (albuterol) sol due to moist vapor and bronchodilation. Babies with several attacks become asthmatic later on.

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How long should bronchiolitis last in 3.5 month old. She's on albuterol and Pulmicort nebulizers, and Zantac (ranitidine) 3xday. Could it be more serious?

Yes! Bronchiolitis is often caused by a virus and usually lasts 7-10d. A cough or wheezing lasting longer should prompt investigation. Other causes are inhaled foreign body, reflux with aspiration, etc. It sounds like there may have been some suspicion of reflux with the Zantac (ranitidine) being used. Read more...
A month. The coughing and wheezing from bronchiolitis can last for a month. Typically it lasts about ten days, but it is not at all unusual to last 3 weeks or more. Follow up visits with your doctor weekly would probably be a good idea as other problems could occur such as an ear infection. Read more...

3 months old baby with bronchiolitis receiving albuterol+nebulizer therapies makes high pitch stridor-like when laughing or crying. NOT all the time.

Croup? Bronchiolitis is a lower airway disease that is sometimes treated with bronchodilators such as albuterol. Stridor develops with inflammation of structures much higher up, and is common with Croup. Most children with croup do not wheeze unless they are predisposed to doing so. Read more...
Will he feed? 3 mo has very little reserve, if in doubt, call Peds on call to advise/listen by phone. Laughing is good--stressed babies don't. If he is active like normal, then likely the meds don't have the airways as open as usual, but probably OK. Mom knows best--it not feeding well, or not active, or you see the skin at the base of his neck look like it sucks inward w/breath, go to ER, we expect this visit. Read more...
RSV/follow up/mgt. The stridor may be caused by a condition called laryngomalacia. It usually resolves with growth of the airway and surrounding structures. Viruses can cause both croup and bronchiolitis. It is possible that RSV has contributed to both stridor and wheezing. A cool mist humidifier can help to relieve the stridor. If either the wheezing or stridor persist your pediatrician will eval . Read more...
Secretions ? Sometimes infants can have slight narrowing of upper airway or infantile larynx, laryngomalacia, When child gets infection such as bronchiolitis which increases secretions, the secretions can increase upper airway noise Certainly pediatrician should be consulted if having increased respiratory distress related to the noise. Read more...