When should children with bronchiolitis be referred to hospital?

Bronchiolitis is a serious condition which can suddenly deteriorate. Therefore, only the mildest cases should be managed at home or at a primary care clinic. The following children should be referred to hospital:

  • Children with signs of respiratory failure (e.g. cyanosis or depressed level of consciousness)
  • If there is no improvement
  • Signs of pneumonia
  • Oxygen saturation below 90% with oximetry (saturation monitor)

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