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As we approach winter our Health team in Family Centres want to raise awareness of Respiratory viruses or RSV.

We see many common respiratory viruses in children, which most will have had by the time they turn 2. We’re seeing more children with respiratory illness for this time of year and in children under 2, the more serious consequences can lead to bronchiolitis, infection of the lower airways, that can make the airways inflamed and mucusy making it harder to breath.

Most cases are mild and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks without the need for treatment, although some children have severe symptoms and need hospital treatment.

Early symptoms of bronchiolitis are similar to those of a common cold, such as a runny nose and a cough.

Further symptoms then usually develop over the next few days, including:

  • a slight high temperature (fever)
  • a dry and persistent cough
  • difficulty feeding
  • rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing)

Find out more on the Herts and West Essex Healthier Together site

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