When you get a bad cold your first concern is whether you can pass it on to your baby, and bronchitis is usually one that you’d prefer they not get. What makes it hard is being sick yourself and needing to take care of your sick baby.
There’s the added concern that something like bronchitis would be especially hard for your baby to handle, since they still have a developing immune system in that first year. The side effects from it could be more severe, and it could lead to more complications than a healthy adult would expect from it.
Even though you feel miserable you’ll still be expected to care for your baby, and the inevitable thought will be that you hope they don’t catch it too. This is probably going to be one of your first big tests on how to deal with the added adversity of playing the parenting game while injured.
Can I Give My Baby Bronchitis? Answer: Yes.
Bronchitis can be contagious because it is caused by viruses as well as bacteria. This makes it hard to prevent it from happening, but not impossible. You can take general safety precautions like you normally would, and be as smart as you can about having someone with bronchitis be around your baby.
A big contributor to bronchial problems is second-hand smoke. If you gave up smoking while pregnant, but have since started it up again, you could unwittingly cause your child to have bronchitis. That’s why it’s a good idea not to take the habit back up once you’ve kicked it for 9 months. Having a completely smoke-free home makes it a safe haven for your children and you alike.
When you’re the one that is suffering from this, you might feel that you’re in a Catch-22 because you are responsible for taking care of them and you also run the risk of passing it along to them. As long as you wash your hands frequently, eat good foods, and get enough sleep you will be doing your part to kick your bronchitis and be 100% again so you can give them the proper care they need. Until then, recruit some help in the form of a family member or friend and limit your interaction as best you can.
Where Did It Come From?
Trying to figure out the cause of how you ended up with bronchitis can be helpful in avoiding it again in the future. If you narrowed it down to a coworker, you can try avoiding them better in the future. Other than that it can be pretty hard to track down. You don’t want to live in a state of paranoia thinking that you could catch a disease all of the time, but it’s not a bad idea to be aware of the possibility of catching something, now that you’re thinking for two.
Staying Healthy Every Day
Hopefully during your pregnancy you picked up the habit of being more concerned about your hygiene and health habits, like washing your hands frequently, eating nutritious foods, and getting regular exercise to keep your immune system running and add its optimal level. Once you get over this case of bronchitis you should double your efforts to try to stay as healthy as possible, and avoid situations where you might come into contact with viruses and sick people.
What To Do If They Catch It
If your baby does contract bronchitis from you there are a few things you can do to expedite the healing process. The first thing you should do is keep everything well sanitized, including anything that comes into contact with your baby. You’ll want to continue feeding them as usual, and don’t change up their normal eating routine, whether that be breast-feeding or formula. If the situation worsens, you can visit the pediatrician to see if they think it is worth giving them an expectorant.
If you live in a dry climate, or the air in your home is unusually dry, you can also try moistening the air with a humidifier, or vaporizer. This will help to break up the phlegm if your child’s case of bronchitis is producing it, but it’s also a good idea if they have dry coughs as well, because it will moisten the airways and make it not as rough on their lungs.