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What is the treatment for bronchiolitis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: May be hospitalized

Babies with bronchiolitis (lung infection with lots of mucous, coughing, wheezing), especially ones under 6 months, may have to be hospitalized.
Children coughing a lot or wheezing need to see a doctor. Those with mild bronchiolitis are carefully watched at home. Those who are breathing too fast, working hard to breathe, looking tired, having trouble eating, or need extra oxygen are hospitalized.

In brief: May be hospitalized

Babies with bronchiolitis (lung infection with lots of mucous, coughing, wheezing), especially ones under 6 months, may have to be hospitalized.
Children coughing a lot or wheezing need to see a doctor. Those with mild bronchiolitis are carefully watched at home. Those who are breathing too fast, working hard to breathe, looking tired, having trouble eating, or need extra oxygen are hospitalized.
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In brief: Most stay home

Most can stay at home.
In more severe cases oxygen and IV fluids may be required in hospital. Antibiotics are not required as viral illness. In infants reasons for hospital may include: •poor feedinglethargy •respiratory rate above 70 breaths/minute •presence of nasal flare and/or grunting •severe chest wall recession •cyanosis (blue lips/tongue) •dehydration

In brief: Most stay home

Most can stay at home.
In more severe cases oxygen and IV fluids may be required in hospital. Antibiotics are not required as viral illness. In infants reasons for hospital may include: •poor feedinglethargy •respiratory rate above 70 breaths/minute •presence of nasal flare and/or grunting •severe chest wall recession •cyanosis (blue lips/tongue) •dehydration
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics

In brief: Support care +

Many times, bronchiolitis is treated with the same supportive care measures used for a cold - with some extra close observation of breathing.
Sometimes, medicines used for asthma (albuterol) can help with the wheezing or breathing difficulties, but often times babies with bronchiolitis will just "wheeze through it." if severe, it may need hospitalized care. Always have your doc evaluate.

In brief: Support care +

Many times, bronchiolitis is treated with the same supportive care measures used for a cold - with some extra close observation of breathing.
Sometimes, medicines used for asthma (albuterol) can help with the wheezing or breathing difficulties, but often times babies with bronchiolitis will just "wheeze through it." if severe, it may need hospitalized care. Always have your doc evaluate.
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