Antibiotics for bronchiolitis in children (Review)

Spurling, G. K. P., Fonseka, K., Doust, J. and Del Mar, C. B. (2007) Antibiotics for bronchiolitis in children (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 1 CD005189: 1-11. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD005189.pub2

Author Spurling, G. K. P.
Fonseka, K.
Doust, J.
Del Mar, C. B.
Title Antibiotics for bronchiolitis in children (Review)
Journal name Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-493X
Publication date 2007-01-24
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD005189.pub2
Volume 1
Issue CD005189
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Editor Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 321027 Respiratory Diseases
730110 Respiratory system and diseases (incl. asthma)
Formatted abstract
Most cases are thought to be caused by a virus called Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). It is the most common reason for hospitalisation in babies under the age of six months. Despite its viral cause, antibiotics are prescribed in 34 to 99% of cases. This systematic review found very little research on the effect of antibiotics on bronchiolitis. Only one trial was included comparing antibiotics with placebo. It showed that antibiotics are no better than placebo at reducing the length of illness of bronchiolitis. Antibiotics need to be used cautiously owing to potential for side effects, cost to the patient and the community and increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
Keyword Medicine, General & Internal
Lower Respiratory-tract
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This document is a journal review.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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