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Diagnosis

See 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.

Your GP may ask if your child has had a runny nose, cough or high temperature and for how long. This will help confirm whether they have the symptoms of bronchiolitis.

They'll listen to your child's breathing using a stethoscope to check for any crackling or high-pitched wheezing as your child breathes in and out.

If your child has not been feeding very well or has been vomiting, your GP may also look for signs of dehydration.

These include:

Your GP may recommend that your child is admitted to hospital if they are not feeding properly and are dehydrated, or they're having problems breathing.

Further tests

Further tests for bronchiolitis are not usually necessary. But as some conditions cause similar symptoms to bronchiolitis, such as cystic fibrosis and asthma, tests may be needed.

If it is not clear what's causing your child's symptoms, or your child has signs of severe bronchiolitis, your GP may recommend further tests in hospital to help confirm the diagnosis.

These tests might include: