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How to prevent bronchiolitis?

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not readily preventable because the viruses that cause the disorder are common in the environment. Careful attention to hand washing, especially around infants, can aid in the prevention or spread of respiratory viruses. Family members with an upper respiratory infection should be especially careful around infants. Wash hands frequently, especially before handling the child. An injection may be given to help decrease the chances of getting respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is the most common cause of bronchiolitis in children under 5 years of age. The medication is called either Palivizumab (Synagis), or respiratory syncytial immune globulin (RSV-IGIV). Specific recommendations regarding who should receive this vaccine are made by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and can be discussed with your child's physician. These vaccines are recommended only for high-risk infants, including premature infants (age at birth less than 35 weeks) and infants with chronic lung disease.

More information on bronchiolitis

What is bronchiolitis? - Bronchiolitis is an infection of the lower respiratory tract that usually affects infants. Bronchiolitis begins as a mild upper respiratory infection.
What causes bronchiolitis? - The most common cause of bronchiolitis is a virus. The virus is transmitted from person-to-person by direct contact with nasal secretions or by airborne droplets.
What're the symptoms of bronchiolitis? - The symptoms of bronchiolitis include wheezing, caused by the narrowing of the bronchioles. In most infants, the symptoms are mild.
How is bronchiolitis diagnosed? - Bronchiolitis is diagnosed solely on the history and physical examination of the child. Many tests may be ordered to rule out other diseases.
What's the treatment for bronchiolitis? - Most cases of bronchiolitis can be treated at home with self-care steps. Supportive therapy may include oxygen, humidified air, chest clapping.
How to prevent bronchiolitis? - Most cases of bronchiolitis are not readily preventable because the viruses that cause the disorder are common in the environment.
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