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Finding a Better Way to Help the Sickest Kids Breathe

By Randolph Fillmore

There may be nothing more frightening for parents than to see their child struggling to breathe and, after hurrying to the hospital, having their child diagnosed with bronchiolitis, a common yet serious respiratory infection among children and a leading cause for pediatric hospitalization.

The primary cause of bronchiolitis is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which infects the lungs and closes breathing passages. Younger children and babies are more susceptible to RSV than older children and, for them, an RSV infection can be serious.

With cases of RSV rising sharply, particularly in the southern United States, on June 10 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an RSV alert for physicians.

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Severe cases of bronchiolitis require intensive respiratory care and children admitted to Johns Hopkins All Children’s with bronchiolitis may need to be treated in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Children with the most serious cases of bronchiolitis may have to be intubated, which requires a tube being placed into the trachea and the child being placed on a ventilator to provide them with critical oxygen. 

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