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antibioticsJune 27 2016

NICE guidance on bronchiolitis in children will help reassure parents and help reduce the use of antibiotics, the RCGP has said.

NICE Quality Standard QS 122 ‘Bronchiolitis in children’ has been published to support NICE Guideline NG9 published in June 2015. The Quality Standard has four quality statements relating to:

  • antibiotic use
  • bronchiolitis management
  • key safety information
  • admission avoidance and early supported discharge

The ‘antibiotic use’ quality statement says: “Children with bronchiolitis are not prescribed antibiotics to treat the infection.” In addition to saying that GPs and secondary care clinicians should not prescribe antibiotics to treat bronchiolitis in children, it says NHS England and clinical commissioning groups will ensure that primary and secondary care services do not prescribe antibiotics in such circumstances.

In a statement to parents, RCGP Chair Dr Maureen Baker said: “Bronchiolitis can be a very nasty illness for babies and young children - and very distressing and alarming for their parents. But most babies and young children with bronchiolitis do not require antibiotics and this guidance will help reassure parents that in the majority of cases the condition can be effectively managed at home.

“It will also support GPs and their teams who are working hard to reduce antibiotic prescribing so that they are only given to our younger patients when they really need them.”

Links:

NICE QS122 ‘

NICE Quality Standard QS 122 ‘Bronchiolitis in children’

NICE NG9 guidance

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