Bronchiolitis cases rise in Navarra and return to pre-pandemic levels

Edificio Materno-Infantil del Hospital Universitario de Navarra.

this emergency servicesboth in-hospital and out-of-hospital and epidemiology of the Institute public health and the Labor of Navarra “a increased incidence of respiratory syncytial virus-bronchiolitisaccording to seasonal logic, maybe with some progress compared to other years, but with similar numbers and intensity to the “pre-pandemic period”. However, as they point out, the years 2020 and 2021 were “very exceptional due to the low presence of this virus” in the child population.

This is also stated by the Ministry of Health, increased pressure on the health system, in every situation, managed as planned with usual winter supplements At the hospital level, emergency medical care, especially on weekends, turns into Pediatrics and Care services”. In particular, 4 nurses and 2 assistant nurse care technicians were recruited to strengthen the Pediatrics service at Navara University Hospital; emergency room nurse on weekends; 6 nurses to strengthen intensive care units; already a pediatrician

In a hospital setting, Salud said, “there is an increase in maintenance pressure“, however “It was not necessary for the time being to reprogram the surgical activity. and some special derivatives from neighboring communities were welcomed even within a common practice of mutual support, common in one way or another in different winters”.

8 out of 10 cases are in children under 15 years of age

Therefore, at the expense of the release of the epidemiological surveillance report this Wednesday, along with last week’s diagnoses.A total of 242 cases of respiratory syncytial virus were detected between 3 October and 13 November.199 –82.2%– were under the age of 15. Therefore, experts “the intensity of circulation is moderate and with a steady trend”.

Bronchiolitis is a viral respiratory infection that affects children under the age of 2, especially during the winter months. It starts like a cold with a cough and runny nose. After two or four days the cough worsens and they may have trouble breathing – this is faster or agitated – and there may be voices in the chest. The patient may be irritable, eat little, and have a fever. Most cases are mild and tend to improve within a few days, although some symptoms can last up to four weeks.


  • Treatment. Osasunbidea explains in an informative leaflet for families that the main treatment for acute bronchiolitis is based on general care we can do at home to relieve symptoms, as there is no medicine to cure it.
  • What should we do. Salud recommends helping the patient keep their nose clear (especially before feeding and bedtime) with physiological saline or seawater. Likewise, the patient should be kept in a semi-upright position. When laying on the bed, the baby should be laid on his back and the head of the crib should be raised approximately 30º. He also recommends smaller but more frequent feedings; avoid exposure to tobacco smoke; maintain an ambient temperature of about 20º; and in case of fever causing discomfort, give paracetamol.
  • When to go to the emergency room? Go to the emergency room if you’re breathing faster, sinking into your chest or stomach, taking long pauses, or have bruising on your lips; if you are very irritable or sleepy; or gets tired of being fed, won’t eat or vomit.

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