It probably is actually bronchiolitis, as was mentioned above. Antibiotics WILL NOT help with that. Bronchiolitis is a viral infection that causes an irritation in the bronchioles of the lungs. The best thing to do is run a humidifier in her room any time she is in there, if her breathing gets labored try sitting in a closed bathroom with her with the shower running hot to steam it up, and keep her upper torso elevated at night and during naps. If these things do not work, or her breathing begins to sound worse, take her back in and explain that you have tried a,b, and c and they have not worked. At that point they will most likely prescribe a nebulizer treatment every *x* hours to relieve the irritation. Your insurance should pay for both medication and machine. Keep giving her the antibiotics; they are to prevent a secondary infection, not cure the first. Hang in there, she will get better!
at 12:44 PM on Nov. 21, 2009