Doctors are seeing a lot of kids with bad coughs these days. Sanford Health pediatrician, Dr. Chris Tiongson says he is seeing 20 to 30 kids a day at the Pediatric Walk-in Clinic with bronchiolitis. That's 25 percent of the kids he sees.
Bronchiolitis is a common illness of the respiratory tract in kids caused by an infection that affects the tiny airways, called the bronchioles, that lead to the lungs.
Dr. Chris Tiongson/Sanford Health: "Bronchiolitis starts out like a normal cold. You have a thick runny nose, but then it progresses to the throat. You will see coughing, wheezing. It will then become noisy and rattley. They may have a hard time breathing."
If your child is having a really difficult time catching her breath and it's interfering with eating or drinking you should bring her to the doctor.
Bronchiolitis is a virus, which can't be treated with an antibiotic, but it can turn in to a bacterial infection or ear infection, which needs medicine.
Doctor Tiongson is also seeing pink eye connected to this and that also need antibiotics.