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The virus that causes bronchiolitis is very common and easily spread, so it's impossible to completely prevent it.
However, following the steps below can reduce the likelihood of your child developing or spreading the infection. You should:
Children who inhale smoke passively are more at risk of developing bronchiolitis. If you smoke, avoid doing so around your child or consider giving up smoking.
It may be possible for a child with a high risk of developing severe bronchiolitis to have monthly antibody injections during the winter (November to March). The injections may help to limit the severity of the condition if the child becomes infected.
Children who may be considered to be at high risk include those:
However, these injections can be expensive and aren't always available on the NHS. Speak to your GP if your child is at high risk.