Children with lower respiratory infections not able to find relief with steroid medicationsYoung children suffering with bronchiolitis, a common viral lower respiratory infection in infants, are not able to find any relief with medications based on steroids, as per a study published in an issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

This finding by the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) resolved controversy from past research and is considered to guide during treatment for the most common cause of infant hospitalization.

Howard M. Corneli, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah and the principal investigator on the study, said that glucocorticoids (a form of steroids) do not prove effective for treating bronchiolitis and future efforts must be focused upon better treatments and better preventive strategies.