What's Going Around: Bronchiolitis and Norovirus

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

Aside from coughs and colds, Valley Pediatric Group has seen lots of vomiting and diarrhea in its young patients.

It's a familiar story we've heard for a few weeks around the Valley.

Dr. Steve Mumbauer at Valley Pediatric Group said there's no way for them to know if it's norovirus, however that's what's being suggested.

The group is also seeing an increased number of cases of bronchiolitis.

The National Institutes of Health described bronchiolitis as swelling and mucus buildup in the smallest air passages in the lungs.

It's usually due to a viral infection. In this case it's likely RSV. Sometimes no treatment is necessary. Antibiotics do not work against viral infections.

Supportive therapy though can include drinking plenty of fluids and lots of hand washing to prevent spreading it.

Same advice applies if your child has what's suspected to be norovirus. The good news with bronchiolitis though, it seems to be declining a bit.


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