Bronchiectasis in children

What is bronchiectasis in children?

Bronchiectasis can happen if your child’s airways have got wider and thicker because of damage or scarring.

Your child’s airways contain glands that produce a small amount of mucus. Mucus helps trap dust and germs. Tiny hairs called cilia move it away.

If your child has bronchiectasis then the tubes can’t clear themselves properly. This means mucus builds up in these areas and the tubes can become infected with bacteria. 

Bronchiectasis is a long-term condition. Unfortunately the damage can't be reversed, but treatment can prevent more damage and infections, and reduce your child’s symptoms. 

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

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.