Caused by a virus, this infection of the smallest airways usually occurs in very small children. Your baby will develop a dry rasping cough, wheezing and rapid breathing after a few days of what seems like a normal cold. This is most common in winter.

What to do

A severe case may need hospitalisation, so it’s best to get a doctor’s advice if you suspect your baby has this. The baby will be given medicine via a nebuliser, and in severe cases may need oxygen. At home, keep the house warm but not too hot, and consider using a humidifier to keep the air moist to ease the baby’s cough. The cough may last for 2 to 3 weeks.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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