breath, history of similar illness or other respiratory illness such as pneumonia or asthma, has thechild received all of his immunizations. Is the child exposed to any environmental triggers such as tobacco smoke or chemicals (Burns et al., 2017)? At this time additional diagnostic testing would not be indicated as the child has clear lung sounds, respiratory rate is within normal limits at 18, oxygen saturation is 99%, there is no fever present, and the child is able to take a deep breath without difficulty. If the child has a history of asthma a peak flow reading could be considered. Differential Diagnoses Acute Bronchitis- Acute bronchitis is a self-limiting condition that is characterized by a cough and sputum production that last five days to three weeks (File, 2018). Bronchitis is causedby inflammation in the lower respiratory tract most often as a result of a viral illness. This child presents with a cough and sputum production while it has only been three days it is likely that thechild has acute bronchitis. Upper respiratory tract infection (common cold)- The common cold is caused most commonly by rhinovirus and is self-limiting with symptoms usually peaking around day two to three and can last up to four weeks. Symptoms of the common cold include, cough, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sore throat, headache, malaise, and fever. This child had a cough and mucus production most likely viral which is consistent with a URI and is why it is considered. Influenza- Treatment and Patient EducationHealth Promotion
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- Summer '17
- cough, Common cold