23 June 2016

NICE Bronchiolitis Guidance Will Reassure Parents and Help Reduce Antibiotic Prescribing, Says RCGP

New guidance from Nice on bronchiolitis in children will reduce anxiety among parents and will help reduce antibiotics prescribing says Maureen Baker, chair of the RCGP.

Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the RCGP, said: “Bronchiolitis can be a very nasty illness for babies and young children - and very distressing and alarming for their parents.

“But most babies and young children with bronchiolitis do not require antibiotics and this guidance will help reassure parents that in the majority of cases the condition can be effectively managed at home.

“It will also support GPs and their teams who are working hard to reduce antibiotic prescribing so that they are only given to our younger patients when they really need them.”

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