How I safety net for bronchiolitis

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Bronchiolitis is common with almost every child under the age of two having one episode of bronchiolitis. It is typically a mild, self-limiting illness that can safely be managed at home. As we’ve seen, there is an oncoming surge of children with bronchiolitis presenting to hospitals and we need to be on top of our game.

Most children with bronchiolitis are relatively well. They are well enough to stay at home or be discharged from the ED. But, there is also a powerful message that comes with sending home a child with bronchiolitis. “You’re not sick enough to come to hospital (yet)”.

Here Becky Platt explores as part of this video from DFTB in collaboration with Health Education England, Respiratory Surge in Children programme (

0:00 Intro

0:20 The role of the parent

0:48 When to discharge

1:14 Feeding

2:20 Wet nappies

2:49 High risk groups

4:05 Parental smoking

4:28 Come back if you're worried

Broadcast date: August 5th, 2021
Review date: Aug 31st, 2022