Children suffering from lower respiratory infections not beneficiaries of steroidsThe use of medication based on steroids do not prove effective to prevent hospitalization and improving respiratory symptoms concerned with treating bronchilitis, a common viral lower respiratory infection in infants.

This finding was disclosed in a study published in the July 26 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Nathan Kuppermann, M.D., a professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the University of California, Davis, chair of the PECARN (Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network) network’s steering committee and the senior investigator of the study, said that power of a research network such as PECARN to resolve difficult-to-answer questions gets highlighted by such studies.