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How will bronchiolitis affect the health of my child?
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Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
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In brief: Bronchiolitis
Bronchiolitis is a viral infection of the the smaller (bronchioles) breathing tubes.
It is usually seen in the winter season. Bronchiolitis can be life-threatening in infants who were born premature, those who have congenital heart defects, cystic fibrosis and immune deficiency as they may develop apnea or respiratory failure requiring ICU care. In older children it presents like a cold.

In brief: Bronchiolitis
Bronchiolitis is a viral infection of the the smaller (bronchioles) breathing tubes.
It is usually seen in the winter season. Bronchiolitis can be life-threatening in infants who were born premature, those who have congenital heart defects, cystic fibrosis and immune deficiency as they may develop apnea or respiratory failure requiring ICU care. In older children it presents like a cold.
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Dr. Jason Adler
I agree, but I would add that most cases of bronchiolitis are self-limited and resolve without any long-term sequelae. Some patients with recurrent episodes of bronchiolitis may go on to have asthma or other medical issues. From uncomplicated bronchiolitis, however, there are not usually long-term problems.
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics
In brief: Not much
Once he or she recovers from the acute illness there should be no long term consequences.
If a baby gets bronchiolitis at a young age (say 3 months or so) they may be at higher risk for asthma later on. But there are plenty of other factors that will also determine whether one develops asthma (family history, allergies, eczema etc.). With bronchiolitis coughing can last 2 weeks (or even 4 weeks).

In brief: Not much
Once he or she recovers from the acute illness there should be no long term consequences.
If a baby gets bronchiolitis at a young age (say 3 months or so) they may be at higher risk for asthma later on. But there are plenty of other factors that will also determine whether one develops asthma (family history, allergies, eczema etc.). With bronchiolitis coughing can last 2 weeks (or even 4 weeks).
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