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Little Lungs Wirral

Raising awareness of RSV infections in children.

What's it about?

Bronchiolitis is caused by a virus known a the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is spread through tiny droplets of liquid from coughs or sneezes of someone who is infected.

It is a normal, common childhood virus, which most children have had by two years of age. Most children manage well at home and will get better with time.

What to expect

A cough, snuffles, runny nose and mild fever. Getting worse for the first 5 days and may leave a lingering cough afterwards. 

How you can help

  • Check on your child regularly
  • Give smaller feeds more regularly (breastfeeding is great for this)
  • Sit baby up after feeds
  • Avoid cigarette smoke, this is an irritant and will make your baby’s symptoms worse
  • Hand washing and disinfecting surfaces regularly
  • Antibiotics, steroids and inhalers don’t help

When to get immediate help

Seek help urgently by ringing 999 or attend A & E, if your child has any of the following symptoms:

  • A bluish tinge around the mouth or lips
  • Is unresponsive
  • Is very irritable
  • Working harder to breath
  • Displays long pauses in breathing (over 15 seconds)

Guidance from your GP

Make same day contact with your GP or ring 111, if your child has any of the following symptoms:

  • Feeding less than half you would normally expect
  • Paler than normal
  • Less than two wet nappies a day
  • Has a temperature of above 38.5°C, or above 38°C if your baby is under three months old

Bronchiolitis advice & support

  • Are you concerned about a potential rise in paediatric respiratory infections and the factors that can increase the risk of your child developing more severe symptoms?
  • Has one of your children already been affected?
  • Is one of your children currently experiencing symptoms of this virus, and you have concerns?
  • Click the link below to view our awareness leaflet, which gives information of RSV and bronchiolitis and how best you can support your little one

Visit the NHS website for information and advice.

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