Clinical update

Bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is a common lung infection affecting babies and young children.

Essential facts

Bronchiolitis is a common lung infection affecting babies and young children. Around 30,000 infants are admitted to hospital in England each year with the illness. About one third of children in the UK will have the infection in the first year of life, and most will have had it by the age of two.

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Paediatricians spend almost half of their time during winter months looking after children with bronchiolitis, according to a survey. Admission rates to hospital have risen by more than 60% in the past decade. Results from 40 paediatricians were included in a study to launch a bronchiolitis awareness campaign – More than a cold– that says many parents of young children are unaware of the illness, despite the high prevalence rates.

Mild symptoms include a slight fever, a dry and persistent raspy cough, difficulty feeding

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