Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology

Bronchiolitis Depends on Age

Author(s): Sinisa Franjic

Bronchiolitis is a respiratory disease caused by a respiratory infection that affects tiny air channels, bronchioles, which lead to the lungs. When the canal inflammation occurs, they overturn and fill the mucus, thereby aggravating the breathing of the baby. The disease most commonly affects infants and young children, because their tiny air channels can easily clog up, which is not the case with older children and adults. Bronchiolitis usually occurs during the first two years of age with the highest incidence rate between three and six months of age. It occurs more often in boys, children who are not breastfeeding and children who live in overcrowded conditions. Kindergartens’ stay, and exposure to cigarette smoke may also increase the possibility that babies develop bronchiolitis.