Bronchiolitis Advice


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What is it?

Bronchiolitis is a common chest infection, especially affecting infants <12 months age. It is caused by a viral infection in the lungs. It causes swelling and mucous build up in the small airways of the lungs, making it difficult for your baby to breathe and feed.

Symptoms

It begins as a cold: sneezing, runny or blocked nose and cough. Here are some other things you look for:

  • Fast breathing
  • Noisy or wheezy breathing
  • Reduced feeding
  • Tummy and chest sucking in
  • Irritability
  • Fever

Symptoms are worst on day 3-5 of the illness and may last up to 10 days. Coughing can continue up to 4 weeks.

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Diagnosis

Bronchiolitis is diagnosed by the symptoms and examination. Blood tests, chest x‐rays and nose swabs are not usually needed.

Treatment

Care at home

Special precautions

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Red flags: Seek urgent medical attention if:


If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended: MUH (021) 4271971 M-UCC at SMHC (St. Mary’s Health Campus) (021) 4926900 CUH (021) 4920200 LIU Mallow General Hospital (022) 58506 Bantry General Hospital (027) 52900

Content by Content by Dr Emma Fateux , PEM Consultant at CUH, 13/04/2022. Last reviewed Dr IOS 13/04/22.