Bronchiolitis is an infection of the small airways of the lungs. It is caused by the narrowing of the small airways in the lung (bronchioles). This narrowing may be caused by several viruses, particularly the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). While infants with RSV develop bronchiolitis, older children and adults may just develop cold symptoms. This virus is found in nasal secretions of infected individuals. It is spread by sneezing, coughing, hand-to-nose, or hand-to-eye contact.
Administer the medicine as prescribed by your doctor to your child. Continue the medicine until your child's wheezing is gone for at least 24 hours. In addition, your child can be given paracetamol every 4 to 6 hours if the fever is over 38°C.
Children with bronchiolitis usually do not need to be hospitalised unless they are very breathless, need oxygen or are not eating or drinking well.
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