How is bronchiolitis diagnosed?
Your doctor may ask about your child’s symptoms, what medicines they have been taking, and if they have any other medical conditions (e.g. asthma).
Your doctor will listen to your child’s chest using a stethoscope (a medical device used to listen to your breathing and heart beat). Crackling sounds when the baby breathes in, and wheezing when they breathe out, are the common signs of bronchiolitis in young children.
Most children will have a mild infection and will recover from the bronchiolitis with symptom relief to make them comfortable.
- Respiratory Expert Group. Therapeutic guidelines: Acute bronchiolitis. In: eTG complete [online]. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, 2012 (accessed 27 March 2012).
- NHS Choices – Bronchiolitis: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Bronchiolitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx (accessed 27 March 2012).