The virus that causes bronchiolitis is very common and easily spread, so it's impossible to completely prevent it.
However, following the steps below can reduce the likelihood of your child developing or spreading the infection. You should:
Children who inhale smoke passively are more at risk of developing bronchiolitis.If you smoke, avoid doing so around your child orconsider giving up smoking .
It may be possible for a child with a high risk of developing severe bronchiolitis to have monthly antibody injections during the winter (November to March). The injectionsmay help to limit the severity of the condition if the child becomes infected.
Children who may be considered to be at high risk include those:
However, these injectionscan beexpensive and aren't always available on the NHS. Speak to your GP if your child is at high risk.
Bronchiolitis is a common lower respiratory tract infection that affects babies and young children under two years old.
Most children with bronchiolitis have mild symptoms and recover within two to three weeks, but it's important to look out for signs of more serious problems, such as breathing difficulties.
Bronchiolitis is almost always caused by a viral infection. In most cases, the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is responsible.
Contact your GP if your child has symptoms of bronchiolitis. A diagnosis is usually based on the symptoms and an examination of your child's breathing.
In most cases, bronchiolitis is mild and gets better without needing treatment within two to three weeks.
If your child develops complications from bronchiolitis, it's likely that they'll need hospital treatment.