Leading medical charity Action Research has launched a new information factsheet into bronchiolitis, in preparation for the winter season.
The condition is a severe lung disease which primarily affects babies and children, and is the most common single cause of infantile hospital admissions in the UK.
The factsheet is available to members of the public free of charge, and is designed to give parents, grandparents and carers the facts and figures they need regarding the respiratory illness. It covers questions including what causes bronchiolitis?, what are the signs and symptoms?, what treatment is available?, and what should parents do?
Kindly endorsed by television presenter Esther McVey, the factsheet also details pioneering research, and a case study of a baby who was critically ill.
Despite its prevalence, most people are unaware of bronchiolitis. A MORI poll commissioned by Action Research found that 62% of people have never heard of it.
Simon Moore, chief executive of Action Research says: ‘Each year in the UK alone, bronchiolitis results in the hospitalisation of some 20,000 infants under one year old, and it’s a serious illness these babies could do without.
‘As a seasonal disease, most cases peak between November and March. With this period imminent, Action Research has launched an awareness campaign to raise its profile, and announce a new research study designed to help give these babies a better start in life.’ For a copy of the new information factsheet, free to members of the public, please send a stamped self addressed envelope to Bronchiolitis factsheet, Action Research, Vincent House, North Parade, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2DP. Alternatively, download a copy at www.action.org.uk/camp/bronch.html
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