Last edited 08/2021 and last reviewed 09/2021

  • symptoms usually peak between 3 and 5 days, and that cough resolves in 90% of infants within 3 weeks
  • approximately 1 in 3 infants will develop clinical bronchiolitis in the first year of life and 2-3% of all infants require hospitalization
    • in 2011/12 in England, there were 30,451 secondary care admissions for the management of bronchiolitis
    • it is uncommon for bronchiolitis to cause death. In 2009/10 in England, there were 72 recorded deaths of children within 90 days of hospital admission for bronchiolitis
    • more recent study evidence show a mortality rate of 0.24% in hospitalised children (2)