my 20month old son was prescribed albuterol syrup due to some chest congestion from a cold. He had previously been diagnosed with bronchiolitis. After reading what the intended use for this drug is, I'm wondering if it is appropriate for my son who is not athsmatic and does not have chronic respiratory issues.
Yes, they do use it to help break up chest congestion in someone,infants and children included, who has a respiratory infection. It is more commonly used for asthma but it is not unusual to see it prescribed for respiratory infections too. Your son will only need it for a short time, where a child with asthma would need to take it on a regular basis. It is very good for breaking up chect congestion and helping him get air deep in his lungs and may help to prevent him from getting pneumonia by helping to break that gunk up so he can expell it.
No. It is not appropriate. It's a misconception of the drug. It relaxes bronchospasm. Increase fluids to help your child thin out secretions and cough them up more easily. As the virus runs it course, his or her lungs will absorb some and he or she will cough some of it up. If it's an infection get antibiotics. If you notice your child is in distress, get them to an ER.
- Albuterol Information for Consumers
- Albuterol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Albuterol (detailed)
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