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How can I prevent bronchiolitis?

You can help prevent the illness by asking adults and other children who have a cough or a cold to keep away from your baby. This is common sense, but not always possible.

Make sure that you, your family and anyone who handles your baby washes their hands regularly.

Do not smoke, or let others smoke, around your baby. This makes your baby more likely to pick up an infection and to make their symptoms worse. Find out about the risks of passive smoking and vaping.

Short term immunisation can be given to high-risk babies through a series of injections during the bronchiolitis season (October to March).

Babies are at greater risk of developing severe bronchiolitis if they were born prematurely or if they were born with a heart or lung condition or have another condition that affects their immune system. Ask your doctor or nurse for more information.

Can bronchiolitis come back?

Yes, it is possible for your child to get bronchiolitis more than once. You can reduce the risk by taking the steps outlined above.

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Last medically reviewed: September 2019. Due for review: September 2022

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.