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My 7-month-old son was diagnosed with bronchiolitis. Should he stay at home?


I forgot to ask the doctor and he didn't mention anything about it. However, he did say that it's caused by RSV, which is contagious. I am a stay at home mother, so daycare is not an issue. However, we do go places where there are lots of people (relatives houses, church, etc).

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Anyone knows about alternative treatment for gangrene (Thromboanglitis Obliterans)rather than amputation?

My gandma is 81. She is diagnosed having gangrene on her left thumb toe. She has rhematoid arhtritis also. She is having ozone therapy and doesn't really work. Doctor said she needs to take amputation. Reading plenty of sources, elderly taking amputation having very low percentage of living. Please let me know if there's successful experience of overcoming this kind of disease. Of any kind of treatment and testimonial miracles. Anything to make her healed. I love her so much. Thanks.

If gangrene has developed, amputation is the only remedy, The disease thromboangitis obliterans can be treated by symphathectomy along with medicines, If treated early & efficiently one can avoid development of gangrene very well.  (+ info)

has anyones infant ever had bronchiolitis?

my 8 month old has bronchiolitis and has to do breathing treatments every 4 hours.(which if you have done them with a child that age you know its very difficult, atleast it is with my son!) Does anyone have any tips on how to make the task a little easier? It doesnt sound like his breathing is getting any better :( and it makes me one sad mommy! if anyone has any tips on how to kick this thing it would be greatly appreciated! :)

Ugh, believe me I know what you're going through. My son almost died from bronchialitis when he was only 7 weeks old (talk about a nightmare), and we were on the treatments for years! He's 3 now and can finally use a modified inhaler.

There are important things to know though. First off, my son's pulminologist was mortified when she learned that other doctors had said it was ok to just hold the mask (or pipe) near my son instead of actually fastening it on. Apparently, even though it looks like it's doing the same thing, it really isn't! There are some tricks you can try though.

1) As much as possible, do it when he's sleeping - no fights!
2) If he is awake, swaddle him in a towel or blanket (until he gets used to things) and wrap it tight. This makes it easier for you to hold him without worrying about his hands flailing everywhere.
3) If he is awake, make sure you hold him. Prop him semi-upright against one elbow/shoulder and wrap that hand around to help hold the mask in place. Wrap your other arm around him to hold his arms tight to his side. He will wail and scream and squirm, but that's ok. It makes you feel awful, but if he's screaming it means he's taking deep breaths, and that's the point.
4) There are actually different types of nebulizers. They make one that looks more like a gun than the typical bowl/stem/mask kind. It has a long cylinder instead of a normal bowl, and the mask goes on in the front instead of on top. This makes it easier to hold tight to a child's face. If you can, procure one of these from your doctor.
5) If you can't get the nebulizer in #4, see if your doctor can at least get you a "kid friendly" mask. My son has one that looks like a dinosaur snout, with purple horns. It's not that the decorations really do much (espescially not for babies), but those are made from a softer rubber or silicon and aren't as hard against the face. I found that it irritated my son less than the more firm masks.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL NOTE: Your doctor may have told you (but not all of them do), but it is crucial that you wash his mouth and face after each and every treatment. If not, it can cause mouth infections or sores, tooth decay, and possible yeast infections or other rashes on his face. Take a clean wash cloth, and dampen it with warm water. Wipe off his face in any place that was covered by the mask. Then put your finger in the wash cloth and use it to wask you son's gums, innter cheeks, tongue and the roof of his mouth. At first he'll balk at this more than the treatments, but it's very important. My friend's doctor didn't tell her to do this with her daughter and she developed a yeast infection on her face and red sores on her gums.

You son will eventually get used to them if you have to do it for a long time - though occasional fights are always there. If you think it's hard at 8 months... wait until you try to get a 15-month-old to sit still for it! However, with luck you son will get well and be able to stop the treatments. Most do, my son was just so severely asthmatic that we kept getting constant coughs.  (+ info)

what medication is usually given to infants with bronchiolitis?

I'm not a physician, and this is only based on my personal experience with children.

Generally, prescriptions to not seem to be given to children with bronchiolitis. It is viral so anti-biotics are of no help. I suppose, depending on the amount of mucus the infant has, something might be given to the baby to help break up the mucus and/or calm down the coughing if the coughing is very violent. Other treatment may be a respirator (if the child is struggling to breathe) or being placed on a nebulizer with a treatment of albuterol (to be inhaled) to open the airways.

With regards to treatment, it seems that time and steam/humidity are what tends to be prescribed. Depending on where the infant lives, it might be a very good idea for he/she to have a humidifier to combat any dryness.  (+ info)

My 7-month-old son was diagnosed with bronchiolitis. Should he stay home?

I forgot to ask the doctor and he didn't mention anything about it. However, he did say that it's caused by RSV, which is contagious. I am a stay at home mother, so daycare is not an issue. However, we do go places where there are lots of people (relatives houses, church, etc).

Since the germs that cause it are contagious, I would think it best to keep your little one at home for the time being. Not to mention that your son can't be feeling all that great anyway. Good luck!  (+ info)

what can you do for a 5 year old who has bronchiolitis and just coughs all the time?

Take him are her to Dr. right away.I have had this it is really rough,could go in to pneumonia
do not let any one smoke in house. Car are around them,
please do not take advice from people other than the Dr, as what medicine to give, very very Dangerous.  (+ info)

My 7-month-old son was diagnosed with bronchiolitis. Should he stay at home?


The infections that cause bronchiolitis are contagious. The germs can spread in tiny drops of fluid from an infected person's nose and mouth, which may become airborne via sneezes, coughs, or laughs, and also can end up on things the person has touched, such as used tissues or toys.

Infants in child-care centers have a higher risk of contracting an infection that may lead to bronchiolitis because they're in close contact with lots of other young children.

Bedsides, during the first 3 or 4 days, he needs to be watched carefully. Given fluids frequently and possibly a humidifier.

When to Call the Doctor
Call your doctor if your child:

is breathing quickly, especially if this is accompanied by retractions or wheezing
might be dehydrated due to poor appetite or vomiting
is sleepier than usual
has a high fever
has a worsening cough
appears fatigued or lethargic
Seek immediate help if you feel your child is having difficulty breathing and the cough, retractions, or wheezing are getting worse, or if his or her lips or fingernails appear blue.
http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/lung/bronchiolitis.html  (+ info)

Bronchiolitis in a 5 month old baby?

I took my 5 month old son to he doctors yesterday and was told he has this. This morning he had a bottle as usual then a little while later bought the whole lot back up, now he won't drink his bottle at all, have tried giving him water but he's just not interested

Any ideas about what i can do and when should i worry about him not drinking? He is still having wet nappies although not as often as normal

5 month old baby not drinking? Yes I'd worry about dehydration. Don't wait too long to take him back to either hospital or doctors.   (+ info)

my son was diagnosed with bronchiolitis and im worried?

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Homeopathy treatment for Bronchiolitis (Infant asthma) of 2year old boy (second attack)?

theresa p has the right basic idea... it's very possible that his immune system is a bit weaker than it should be.
However, you should NOT give an infant Colloidal Silver. Yes, it's great for adults, but the dose is too great that it can be toxic for infants.

If you are looking for a Homeopathic remedy for this, you'll want to bring your son to a Homeopathic doctor... they will not only give you the best remedy for him, but you'll be sure of not needing to try several products from the store shelves if they aren't exact what he needs. Also, most herbs and supplements are sold in adult doses, which are commonly way too big of a dose for children. Good luck!  (+ info)

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