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Thanks to you all who came to listen and support me in the stand of " Baby nose cleaner Belvital " in 2015. I hope to have brought you the enlightened and useful information, you could find the help which you waited for the good of your child. During my whole experience as a therapist through the years, I have been working with great pleasure with children and adults... See you again in 2016!

 We call bronchiolitis an acute bronchitis caused by a viral infection (most often due to RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus) in young children, resulting in a significant congestion and causing incessant coughing and difficult breathing.  This condition was formerly known as "asthmatiform bronchitis".  The only effective therapy recognized nowadays is the respiratory kinesitherapy.

Natural history of an infant

In winter, a severe resurgence of bronchiolis is witnessed.  It affects thousands of children each year.  Disturbing, but most often benign, it too often leads babies to the hospital.  However, most cases can easily be treated at home, thanks to the new respiratory kinesitherapy techniques.

It starts with a simple rhinopharyngitis.  The child coughs a little and begins to breathe with difficulty and mostly, to exhale quite painfully.  The little one struggles to remove the air from his/her lungs. He/she whistles when breathing, coughs, has a mild fever (not much more than 38°).  This inflammation will affect the bronchioles and cause respiratory problems which can be transformed, in the most severe cases - by far the least frequent ones - in a true respiratory failure.

If parents learn how to quickly evacuate the secretions of their children, already they start to eliminate the risk of infection.  But if, in addition, they bring their babies in for a respiratory consultation, they increase the chances of seeing their little ones heal quickly, quite often without the taking of antibiotics.

The Baby should be examined as soon as the first symptoms of congested lungs appear - signs of an invasion of the lungs by a viral or bacterial infection.

The kinesitherapist will proceed to a massage – a pressure on the lungs which will allow the expulsion of secretions and consequently, a better circulation of air.  The freed-up lungs will automatically regain energy and the immune system will work very rapidly .

The results:  A prompt improvement of the problem is reached as early as the first session: Baby's sleep and appetite are back!

How to recognize an infant with bronchiolitis?

It starts with a rhinopharyngitis.  The child coughs a little and starts breathing with difficulty but most of all, has quite a hard time exhaling.  The little one struggles to exit the air from his/her lungs – the bronchioles (thus an expiratory dyspnea).  He/she whistles when breathing, coughs and has a mild fever (not much more than 38°).  This inflammation of the bronchioles causes shortness of the breath which can be transformed, in the most severe cases - by far the least frequent ones - in a true respiratory failure.  The child begins to breathe faster (thus a polypnea) and fights with all his/her muscles to succeed, and this is why certain signs are called signs for circulation.  We can notice some beatings of the nose wings, a chest hollow above the sternum and between the ribs.  He/she struggles to take the bottles and to swallow.  He/she sweats.  In extreme cases, he/she turns blue, because he/she lacks oxygen.

Several viruses are involved :

This very highly contagious disease is transmitted by nasal discharge, the spray of droplets while coughing, or by secretions that adhere to hands, clothing and objects (towels, stuffed animals…).  In six cases out of ten, it is due to a virus: the RSV or respiratory syncytial virus, which virtually affects all children before the age of 2.

Unfortunately, this virus does not confer immunity and a baby can suffer from bronchiolitis several times during the same winter.  In the other four cases, other viruses are involved such as rhinovirus or para-influenza. And finally, the last detail is that these viruses, particularly intrusive between October 15th and late February, will reveal to be even more harmful towards the tail of the epidemic.  Worse still, they receive a "hand" from the rotavirus, which year after year provokes an epidemic of gastroenteritis around the month of February!

 

 

... The story of Lou, a 6-month old boy  ...

Let us get ready for the intervention!

 

Prepare some 0.9% salted water (use more hygienic unit-doses) – available in pharmacies – to wash the little one's nose…   Prepare the two regular medicine sprays, one stethoscope, gloves and a mask.

 
 
Lou, 6 months old, looks like a happy camper despite a bronchiolitis that started three days ago.  Yet, his nose is very stuffy and still whistles when breathing.  I lay him down on a comfortable table in the living-room and proceed to a chest check-up with my stethoscope.
 

Bronchoconstriction (wheezing), congestion of lungs … all observations that will dictate the actions to be taken. In most cases, the procedure is the following:

 NOSE WASH:

Using one 0.9% saline capsule, I instill the precious fluid into Lou's nostrils.  First goal: make the child sniff.

FOUR STEPS TO FREE LUNGS :

I begin with the specific increase of the expiratory flow to remove the secretions that clog the bottom of Lou's respiratory system.  With my left hand on the boy's abdomen as support, and my right hand set on his thorax, I help him exhale several times, following his respiration movements with my grip.  This way, we increase his chest volume, which has the effect - while going along with the tears - to mobilize the bronchial secretions into the upper airway.

Then I try to make him spit them out while blocking the swallowing system.  To do so, I apply one very firm hand on the buccal floor of his mouth…  One last nose wash, a hug, and Lou forgets his tears and clearly feels relieved.

I advise parents to use the Belvital blow-nose aspirator.  It is actually a baby blow-nose device of a particular type (much greater efficiency): the inhaling is initiated by the mother or the father of the child.  The secretions will collect in the reservoir.  A filter cap (cotton-made and changed for each operation) prevents the secretions to rise up to the mouthpiece .

COMMUNICATION WITH THE PHYSICIAN:

 

I went back to see Lou for about four or five sessions, to speed up his recovery.  Later on, I called the treating doctor to keep him abreast of the development of the child's condition.

 

HOW TO ASSIST IN THE CURE OF A CHILD?

  1. Carefully follow the prescribed medical treatment.  Your kinesitherapist can teach you how to properly use the saline and the inhalation chamber.

  2. Promptly start the respiratory kinesitherapy sessions respecting the rate suggested by the kinesitherapist and the doctor.

  3. Remember that the warm moist air of the bathroom is beneficial to the child.

  4. Change and moisten the air in the bedroom (humidifier or a jug of water on the heater).

  5. Make your baby drink more than usual .

  6. In case of concern, please consult your doctor or your kinesitherapist .

 

 

Three possibilities are open to the therapist

 
  1. The child recovers or his/her condition significantly improves during the first three days due to the treatment - it is the most frequent situation (75% of cases according to studies):   the antibiotic therapy needs not be undertaken if prior agreement with the treating doctor.
  2. The child's condition is stationary during the first three days - the therapist notices none or little clinical improvement (in 20% of cases):  the antibiotic therapy must be undertaken.

  3. The situation worsens during the first two or three days:  the antibiotic therapy is initiated and the therapist consults with the treating doctor.  It may happen that in that case, a complication has occurred (5% of cases).