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How and when to seek help for children with bronchiolitis

Parents are being encouraged to know the early signs warning of potentially serious respiratory illnesses that have started to circulate out of season.

Young children often pick up the common cold, flu and even the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) during the colder months of the year, but health and care professionals across the region are now seeing a rise in the number of cases during the summer.

Health officials believe that Covid-19 restrictions, which were in place for the majority of last year, prevented many young children from picking up natural immunity to many common respiratory illnesses.

Parents are now advised to look out for cold-like symptoms, which develop into persistent coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing, as well as a loss of appetite and increased irritability.

Such symptoms can be the early signs of the common winter illness RSV, which can lead to bronchiolitis and have a more serious impact on young children with underlying health conditions.

The NHS have provided a leaflet with information on how to care for your child if they have bronchiolitis and when to seek help. To download a PDF version, please click here.