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Bronquiolitis en bebés, ¿cómo deben viajar en coche?

20/02/2019

Bronchiolitis is a lower respiratory tract infection. It is a viral illness and affects 10% of breastfeeding infants, and has a hospital admission rate of between 2 to 5% during the first year of life.

Diagnosis is not confined to bronchiole inflammation, from where it gets it name, but is sometimes used to refer to the first period of breathing difficulties involving wheezing in infants. 

The younger the baby affected, the more serious the bronchiolitis can be. Conversely, the older they are, the more likely it is to progress to other chronic respiratory diseases.

Typical symptoms are wheezing or whistling sounds, other respiratory noises, increased difficulty with breathing, which manifests itself in rapid breathing, and, on rare occasions, apnea. This latter symptom is the most concerning, however, as we have mentioned, it is the least frequent, and occurs in 5% of cases of children hospitalized with this illness.

If the child does not require hospitalization, we should be taking the same kind of

Firstly, we should of course ensure that a pediatrician has assessed the situation and the seriousness of the illness. If the child does not need to be hospitalized the child may require medicine to help open up the airways and we may need to give them extra oxygen. We should take all this into account when traveling by car, in order to ensure we have the appropriate medication with us at all times.

Nasal irrigation is also recommended, as well as of course ensuring that the baby is properly hydrated. When it comes to breastfeeding babies, this hydration is provided by the mother's milk and nasal irrigation can help babies feed more easily.

How they are positioned in the car seat is an absolutely crucial consideration. We must ensure that the child seat is correctly reclined and adjust the harnesses properly to prevent their head from falling forward when they fall asleep.


If the child's head rolls forward it could block their airways. The head should therefore be in line with their body so that breathing difficulties are reduced to a minimum or not an issue at all.


We should take regular and more frequent breaks than usual, in order to provide the child with oxygen and to feed him or her. The baby should also not be spending too much time in any position that might make it difficult for them to breathe.


We would again stress that the best thing to do is to ask for advice from a doctor in each case, since this is the best way of ascertaining the severity of the bronchiolitis and whether it is advisable to travel by car with these children. This illness usually lasts between 7 to 12 days following an incubation period of around a week.


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