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Do not prescribe antibiotics for bronchiolitis in children, doctors are reminded

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3541 (Published 24 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3541
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Children with bronchiolitis should not be given antibiotics to treat the infection and most cases can be managed at home, doctors are reminded in a new quality standard from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).1

The advice aims to reduce child hospital admissions for bronchiolitis. Last year more than 39 400 babies and young children were admitted to hospital with bronchiolitis in England. The infection is caused by a virus—usually the respiratory syncytial virus—and cannot be treated …

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