For more on how to tell the difference between bronchiolitis and viral-induced wheeze, read this post: “Why Do Different Children Wheeze Differently? – Simple, but first you have to understand all of paediatrics“.
It is important to remember that LRTI is usually preceded by URTI. Safety-netting advice is key. Here’s an example of the kind of thing that I tell parents: (3)
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Edward Snelson is a consultant in paediatric emergency medicine at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. He writes gppaedstips.blogsot.co.uk and is the author of The Essential Clinical Handbook of Common Paediatric Cases. This post was originally published on his site and is used with his permission.
Disclaimer: Over and under-thinking are both perfectly acceptable in the right circumstances.