Preventing Bronchiolitis

It is not easy to prevent bronchiolitis, because the viruses that cause it are widespread. Careful handwashing can help prevent this and other viral infections. If you have an upper respiratory infection, be careful around infants, and wash your hands often, especially before touching a baby. Avoid smoking around your baby, since breathing in secondhand smoke increases the risk of respiratory illness.

There is no RSV vaccine currently available. There is a medication called palivizumab (Synagis) for infants who are at high risk of developing severe disease from RSV. These may include:

  • Babies born prematurely at 35 weeks or less
  • Babies born with heart disease
  • Babies with chronic lung disease

Your baby's doctor can tell you if your baby should get Synagis.