The newborn breathes with a rattle: does he have bronchitis?

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The newborn breathes with a rattle

The newborn breathes with a rattle: do you have bronchitis or bronchiolitis worse? When to worry and call the pediatrician? We try to learn more with the advice of pediatricians from Paesena Society of Pediatric Primary Care.

Breath of the newborn, when to worry?

Noisy breathing should never be underestimated, even if it almost always depends on the presence of mucus in the nose and, therefore, is not a significant signal.

If you associate a hiss or you get the feeling that the baby is in shortness of breath you must promptly contact the pediatrician. The child can thus undergo auscultation of the bronchi, which allows the pediatrician to have a first idea of ​​the origin of the problem.

In general, the wheezing, associated with noise or whistling, is due to a temporary narrowing of the bronchi which can be caused by contact with viruses, bacteria or irritants. It is also important to pay attention to the general condition of the child: if he has an appetite, is lively, reactive, there is no need to worry. On the other hand, if he is whiny, dejected, without appetite, the situation should not be neglected, so the pediatrician should be consulted.

  • Advice from the Paesena Society of Pediatric Primary Care


Is it asthma?

As reported in the MSD Manuals, until a few years ago, pediatricians tended to classify the infant's wheezing or wheezing as an episode of asthma, but in reality it was found that only a small percentage of children actually became asthmatic as they progressed. years. 

In most children, therefore, wheezing episodes end around the age of 6-10. 

The most common cause of these sporadic episodes of wheezing is un viral infection.

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