Symptoms of premature bronchiolitis

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Bronchiolitis starts off as a mild upper respiratory infection. After 2 or 3 days, the child presents more breathing difficulties, including wheezing and coughing.  

Symptoms include:

Baby coughing


Fatigued baby


Baby that has got difficulty in breathing, including wheezing and breathlessness.

Difficulty breathing, including wheezing and breathlessness.

Baby with the muscles around the ribs sucked inwards (indrawing)

The muscles around the ribs are sucked inwards as the child tries to breathe (known as ‘indrawing’).

Baby's nostrils flare when breathing

The baby's nostrils flare when breathing.

Baby that's breathing fast (tachypnoea)

Rapid breathing (tachypnoea).

Blue-tinged skin due to lack of oxygen (cyanosis)

Blue-tinged skin due to lack of oxygen (cyanosis) – this means urgent treatment is needed.

Substantiated information by:

Sandra Suñol

Published: 14 September 2021
Updated: 14 September 2021

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