5 preventive actions to avoid bronchiolitis

5 preventive actions to avoid bronchiolitis

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Each year with the arrival of winter, nearly 30% of children under 2 years are affected by bronchiolitis. Currently, according to the InVS, the epidemic is rife. Here's a reminder of simple prevention gestures.

Each year with the onset of winter, nearly 30% of children under 2 years of age are affected by bronchiolitis, a respiratory infection of the small bronchi caused by highly contagious viruses including Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). It starts with a simple cold and a cough that turn into respiratory discomfort often accompanied by difficulty in eating

1) Hand washing, obligatory!

  • This is the ba-ba of prevention when the epidemic peaks as it does now. Wash your hands as soon as you get home and take care of your baby. The whole family will do the same, especially seniors when they come home from school or have a snack with their friends.
  • Use soap and water and scrub for at least thirty seconds, not forgetting the wrists. A simple gesture valid all year round, but particularly recommended when viruses proliferate.

2) Protect yourself from other viruses

  • The bronchiolitis virus is transmitted by saliva, sneezing or coughing. Limit contact between your child and those around you who have a cold or sick.
  • The bronchiolitis virus lives for up to 6 hours on an inert surface such as a toy, a rattle ... It is therefore important not to exchange the belongings of different children in the family. Also remember to wash the bottles and cutlery well.

3) Kisses, on the belly if possible

  • You have a cold or you feel feverish? Do not kiss your child on the face. Favor the belly, so as not to contaminate it. If you are breastfeeding, wear a mask, for sale in a pharmacy.

4) Avoid crowded places

  • Without putting your baby under a bell, during epidemic peaks, avoid visiting sick people and do not take your toddler under 6 months of age to public places where he may be in contact with sick people (shopping centers, public transport ...). A little restrictive, but essential to avoid contamination.

5) Ventilate the room

  • To renew the air in your child's room, ventilate each morning for several minutes.

Stéphanie Letellier