- <2yr old (peak 2-6mo age)
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) causes ~70% of cases
- Preemies, neonates, congenital heart disease are at risk for serious disease
- Peaks in winter
- Duration = 7-14d (worst during days 3-5)
- Inflammation, edema, and epithelial necrosis of bronchioles
- Rhinorrhea, cough, irritability, apnea (neonates)
- Assess for dehydration (tachypnea may interfere with feeding)
- Rapid RSV
- Obtain if <1mo old
- If positive then admit
- Not routinely necessary
- May lead to unnecessary use of antibiotics (atelectasis mimics infiltrate)
- Consider if
- Diagnosis unclear
- Critically ill
- Not routinely necessary
Concurrent infection risk
Infants <60 days with RSV bronchiolitis and fever
- Low risk of bacteremia and meningitis in RSV+, still appreciable UTI risk
- Hydration for all infants
- The AAP guidelines also state that it is reasonable to not perform continuous oximetry on infants and children with bronchiolitis
- O2 (maintain SaO2 >90%)
- oxygen saturation alone should not dictate admission
- Nasopharyngeal suctioning may temporarily relieve symptoms
- The use of routine “deep” suctioning may lead to increased length of stay based on one small study 
There is insufficient data to make a recommendation about suctioning.
AAP recommends as a possible intervention, but SABRE trial found no change in discharge or adverse events with nebulised HS.
- Only consider administer to infants who require hospitalization (Class B))
- Suction nares / nasal saline drops
- Age <3months
- Preterm (<34wks)
- Underlying heart/lung disease
- Initial SaO2 <90%
- Sa02 alone should not be used as the only factor for admission
- Unable to tolerate PO
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