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.

Is your asthma under control?

Take the asthma control test to find out