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Bronchiolitis starts with symptoms of a cold, such as sneezing. Later symptoms include a cough, noisy breathing and breathing more quickly.
Bronchiolitis usually gets better on its own. You can give your child children's paracetamol and encourage them to drink lots of fluids.
You can help stop the spread of the viruses that cause bronchiolitis through good hygiene and keeping newborn babies away from anyone with a cold.
Bronchiolitis is usually caused by the respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV. It's very common and spreads easily in coughs and sneezes.
Bronchiolitis is a common chest infection that affects babies and children under 2. It's usually mild, but it can sometimes be serious.
Page last reviewed: 13/04/2022
Next review due: 13/04/2025