Bronchiolitis is an infection that happens in the bottom part of the lungs and is caused by a virus. The tiny air sacs in the lungs fill with mucous and make it hard for your child to breathe. Bronchiolitis is most common in children under 2 years old and usually occurs between November and April.
Your child doesn’t need antibiotics because bronchiolitis is a virus. The symptoms are like having a cold and your child will cough and wheeze. After 1 to 3 days of cold symptoms, the infection can sometimes spread to the lungs.
If your child shows symptoms of bronchiolitis, you should see a doctor.
You should see a doctor
right away if your child:
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Current as of: March 13, 2017
Author: Health Education and Learning Program (HEAL), Alberta Health Services
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