Will my baby with bronchiolitis need to go to hospital?

A few babies – about 3 in 100 – may need to go to hospital for help with their breathing and feeding.

If your baby is less than 6 weeks old or has other medical problems, such as heart disease, then it might be a good idea to visit your GP or go to A&E.

In hospital, your baby may:

  • have a suction tube in their nose, throat or mouth for a few seconds to suck out blockages
  • be given extra oxygen
  • wear a special face mask or tube attached to a machine to help oxygen into their lungs
  • use a feeding tube to be fed

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Last medically reviewed: September 2016. Due for review: September 2019

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.