ANCHOR LEAD: A COMBINATION OF MEDICATIONS MAY HELP KEEP WHEEZING INFANTS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Few sounds are likely more frightening to new parents than their infant wheezing, but this may happen following an upper respiratory infection, especially with a virus called respiratory syncytial virus. As a result many of these very young babies are brought to emergency departments and admitted to the hospital. Now a treatment combining epinephrine and prednisone may help. Michael Crocetti, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins, is cautiously optimistic.
CROCETTI: If we can find something that can help these young children because it’s these young children in my experience are the ones that tend to get admitted to the hospital. So the younger you are the more likely that RSV bronchiolitis is going to land you in the hospital, and then if you add on to it other medical conditions those kids can get very sick and wind up in the intensive care unit. :20
Hospitalizing very young infants is disruptive for the family and is best avoided if possible. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.