Bronchiectasis in children

Symptoms of bronchiectasis in children

The most common sign of bronchiectasis is a persistent cough that brings up a lot of mucus – especially if the cough carries on in between colds and infections. 

Some children may cough up mucus with blood in it.

Your child might be very tired or they might wheeze when they breathe. They may be more breathless than usual after exercise.

Mucus is hard to digest. If your child swallows mucus they may vomit it up. This usually makes them feel a lot better. Coughing can sometimes cause vomiting too.

If your child has been diagnosed with asthma but this has not got better with treatment or they have lots of chest infections with green or yellow mucus, they may have bronchiectasis. 

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Last medically reviewed: September 2016. Due for review: September 2019

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