When to get medical advice
Medical advice is not needed if your child has mild cold-like symptoms and is recovering well. You can usually care for your child at home.
But see your GP or contact NHS 111 if you're worried about your child or they:
- are not feeding normally (they have taken less than half their usual amount during the last 2 or 3 feeds)
- have not had a wet nappy for 12 hours or more
- are breathing very fast
- have a persistent high temperature of 38C or above
- seem very tired or irritable
It's particularly important to get medical advice if your baby is less than 12 weeks old or they have an underlying health condition, such as a congenital (present from birth) heart or lung condition.
When to call 999
While it's unusual for children to need hospital treatment for bronchiolitis, the symptoms can get worse very quickly.
Call 999 and ask for an ambulance if:
- your child has difficulty breathing or exhaustion from trying to breathe (you may see the muscles under their ribs sucking in with each breath, they may be grunting with the effort of trying to breathe, or they may be pale and sweaty)
- they're breathing very fast
- you're unable to wake your child or, if woken up, they do not stay awake
- their breathing stops for a long time, or there are regular shorter pauses in their breathing
- their skin turns very pale or blue, or the inside of their lips and tongue are blue (cyanosis)