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Bronchiolitis (wheezing babies)

Bronchiolitis;;

Bronchiolitis is an illness that causes babies and young children to wheeze. It most often happens around the beginning of winter.

Some children who have had bronchiolitis as a baby may wheeze when they get other viral infections when they are older.

What is bronchiolitis?

  • Bronchiolitis affects the bronchioles, the smallest airways in the lungs.
  • It is usually caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) but can be caused by influenza viruses, rhinoviruses, adenoviruses and other viruses.
  • It affects children under 12 months, most frequently between 1 month and 6 months of age. Young babies can become seriously ill with the infection.
  • 10-20% of babies with bronchiolitis need to go to hospital. Premature babies and babies with congenital heart disease or cystic fibrosis are at greater risk of becoming ill with this infection.
  • Nearly all young children will have an RSV infection in the first 2 years of their life but only about 10% will get bronchiolitis.

More information - and how to look after a baby with bronchiolitis

There is more information about bronchiolitis on these websites

Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne - Australia) 
http://www.rch.org.au/home/ 

Raising Children Network (Australia) The Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government.
http://raisingchildren.net.au/ 

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