Advice for parents and carers after contact with NHS 111
Coughs and colds are extremely common in young children and tend to occur more frequently over the autumn and winter months. They are usually caused by infection and most children get better by themselves. In general, antibiotics do not make them better more quickly. If they are finding it hard to breath or are too breathless to feed, they may need to be looked after in hospital.
If your child has any of the following:
Go to the nearest Hospital Emergency (A&E) Department or phone 999
Please ring your GP surgery or call NHS 111 - dial 111
If none of the above features are present
Continue providing your child’s care at home. If you are still concerned about your child, call NHS 111 – dial 111
If your child has a runny nose and breathing difficulties, it is most likely that they have a condition called bronchiolitis. Most children with bronchiolitis get better by themselves with no specific treatment. Bronchiolitis is caused by a viral illness, so antibiotics are not helpful.
Symptoms of bronchiolitis:
How long does bronchiolitis last?
It is not always easy to avoid catching these infections. However, good hygiene practices can prevent infections spreading.
This guidance is written by healthcare professionals from across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.