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Bronchiolitis is a common lower respiratory tract infection that most often affects babies and young children under a year old.
Symptoms of bronchiolitis
Most children with bronchiolitis have mild symptoms and recover within two weeks, but it's important to look out for signs of more serious problems.
Causes of bronchiolitis
Bronchiolitis is almost always caused by a viral infection. In the majority of cases, the virus responsible is the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Diagnosing bronchiolitis
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.
Treating bronchiolitis
In most cases bronchiolitis is mild and gets better without any specific treatment within about two weeks.
Complications of bronchiolitis
If there are complications as a result of bronchiolitis, it is likely that your child will need hospital treatment.
Preventing bronchiolitis
The viruses that cause bronchiolitis are very common and easily spread, so it's impossible to prevent the condition entirely.
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