Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory illness in infants and children. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is the most common cause but several other common winter and early spring viruses can cause bronchiolitis as well. The virus affects the smallest air passages in the lungs and usually begins with cold-like symptoms like fever, runny nose, nasal stuffiness and poor appetite.
When to Call
Call during office hours if you have any questions or concerns.
Call our office immediately if your child:
- has increased difficulty breathing. Considered URGENT if:
- child’s breathing is fast and shallow, greater than 60-70 times per minute.
- child is using stomach muscles to breathe.
- child’s ribs suck in with each breath.
- child’s nostrils flare with each breath.
- is less than 2 months old and has a fever.
- symptoms continue to worsen after 4 days of illness.
- has less than 4 wet diapers per 24-hr. period.
- is at higher risk for complications of illness (premature babies, heart or lung disease, and very young infant).