Consult with a Plunket GP or Practice nurse -

Healthy homes

Warm and dry housing is especially important for childhood bronchiolitis. For information on creating a healthy home, click here.

BRANZ (Building Research Association of New Zealand) has a variety of information bulletins which can be downloaded each at small cost from their website, under ‘publications’, then ‘bulletins’
EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) has a range of energy conservation information at

Emergency help

Bronchiolitis can affect your child’s breathing, so dial 111 for urgent help if your child

  • has severe difficulty breathing or has periods of stopping breathing
  • is becoming less responsive
  • looks very pale
  • is floppy
  • stops breathing, or is breathing quickly, has noisy breathing and is having to use extra effort to breathe
  • is going blue in the tongue and lips
  • is taking less than half of their normal feeds
  • is vomiting
  • has not wet a nappy for six hours
  • is getting worse

Unsure what to do?

Call HEALTHLINE on 0800 611 116. An experienced registered nurse will be able to advise you on what you should do next.