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What is bronchiolitis and what causes it?
Winter is fast approaching, accompanied by seasonal respiratory viruses, which cause a range of illnesses from the common cold (upper respiratory tract infections), to mild or more severe lung infections.

Bronchiolitis is one of the most common viral-induced lower respiratory tract (lung/chest) infections, usually affecting young children under two years of age. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the main culprit, although other viruses may also cause bronchiolitis.

We take a closer look at bronchiolitis, its causes, symptoms and treatment.

All the best,

The South African Society of Physiotherapy

Only persons with degrees obtained at institutions approved in terms of the Higher Education Act may call themselves physiotherapists, whether the work is performed on animals, humans, or in any field of interest.

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How is bronchiolitis diagnosed?
Bronchiolitis is usually diagnosed from the history given by the mother about their child’s clinical signs and symptoms. Read more...
What treatment is needed?
Bronchiolitis usually improves on its own, without specific treatment, but very occasionally it may progress to more severe illness. Read more...
WHEN Should I take my child to the physiotherapist?
Chest physiotherapy generally aims to remove obstructive secretions (phlegm) in the lungs. Read more...
How long will it take for my child to recover?
It is important to note that symptoms may continue for up to four weeks in some children. Read more...
How can I prevent my child from getting bronchiolitis?
General hygiene is important to prevent the spread of viruses between children. Read more...
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