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Little Lungs Wirral

Providing support to respond to a potential surge in respiratory 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.

Koala NW are working in partnership with Wirral Multicultural Organisation, Ferries Family Groups, Bee Wirral and The Foundation Years Trust. Coming together to raise awareness of RSV and supporting families affected by it.

Working in partnership with Arrowe Park Hospital and health professionals, to provide information and support to respond to a potential surge in respiratory infections in children.

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 leaflet, which gives comprehensive details of all the support and services we can offer.

Visit the NHS website for information and advice.

Little Lungs Support Helpline on 07706311645

Information and advice from friendly, trained staff, even if English is not your first language.

Little Lungs Support Group on 07549673617

Give Demi a ring to find out how the support group could help you, and the benefits of our ‘Outreach Support’.

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