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Campaign launched to ensure parents know how to recognise common lung infection

A third of children will catch bronchiolitis before their first birthday – know the signs

Posted: 30 September 2011
by Kimberley Smith
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Awareness is being raised for a common lung infection that most parents are unaware of. The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is backing the campaign by health care company Abbott, to help parents recognise when their child has something more than the sniffles. In most cases the condition is easily treatable, but it can cause serious problems for premature babies or those with underlying heart or lung conditions.

Called bronchiolitis, this infection causes cold-like symptoms and breathing problems. Symptoms include shallow, quick breathing, loss of appetite, a nasty rasping cough and a high temperature.

The More that a cold campaign has been backed up by worrying findings from a survey of 1,001 parents. The vast majority did not know what they should do to decrease the risk of their child catching bronchioliti and only 26% had heard of the RSV.1 virus that causes the illness.

You can protect your child by keeping good hygiene, washing toys and bedding regularly and keeping them away from children who are already ill. If you notice any of the symptoms, it’s best to visit your GP or take your little one to A&E to be sure.

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