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Bronchiolitis Great Ormond Street Hospital

Signs of dehydration include: If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Clinical practice guideline: Heart The heart is a muscular organ that pumps blood around the body. The viruses that cause bronchiolitis are easily spread. Saline nasal drops Saline salt water nasal drops are available over-the-counter OTC from pharmacies.

Bronchiolitis in babies & children Raising Children Network

Alternatively, run the hot tap of the shower or bath for several minutes to steam up the room, then sit your child in the room for a few minutes. September 25, August 19, This is usually for one of two reasons: Wash and dry eating utensils after use. Keep infected children at home until their symptoms have improved they are feeding normally and do not have any difficulty breathing. Bronchiolitis is most commonly caused by an airborne virus known as the respiratory syncytial virus RSV.

Mayo Clinic. Some experts dispute the effectiveness of using corticosteroids as a treatment for bronchiolitis, but they may be used if your child also has asthma or reactive airway disease. If your child has a high temperature fever that is making them miserable, consider using paracetamol or ibuprofen.


Bronchiolitis can also be caused by other viruses, including those that cause the flu or the common cold. Symptoms can last from days to weeks, but most children are able to recover at home.

Contact your GP again if you are worried or if your child develops any of the following symptoms:. Typically, acute bronchitis goes away on its own in children. Most children get better with care at home.

Viral outbreaks occur every winter and affect children under the age of 1 year old.

When to see your GP about bronchiolitis symptoms You should take your child to see your GP if your child: Initially, the virus causes an infection in the upper respiratory tract, and then spreads downward into the lower tract. Saunders Elsevier;