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Bronchiolitis

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Bronchiolitis is a common chest infection. It affects babies in their first year of life, usually in the winter. It's usually caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

If your baby has bronchiolitis they may have a fever, runny nose, and a cough, often with noisy breathing (wheeze). It's usually a mild illness, but some babies get more sick, with trouble breathing and feeding.

Bronchiolitis is very easy to catch. Ways to help protect your baby from catching it include:

There is no medicine to take that makes bronchiolitis better. Most babies who catch it can be cared for at home.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2021.

Page reference: 51498

Review key: HIUCB-33560