Steroid Medications Ineffective In Treating BronchiolitisBronchiolitis infections begin most frequently with a fever, runny nose, coughing, and wheezing. Most children recover from the illness in eight to 15 days. The majority of children hospitalized for bronchiolitis infections are under 6 months old. This viral infection on infants is the leading cause of hospitalization for infants in the United States and accounts for more than 100,000 admissions each year.

This disease is usually treated with steroid medication called dexamethasone. This is a glucocorticoid form of steroid medication. But in the study made by the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), steroid medications and the standard placebo treatment produce similar results.

The group concluded that glucocorticoids such as dexamethasone aren’t effective in treating bronchiolitis among infants. Although, experts still believe that steroid medications remain the best options in treating other respiratory illnesses such as asthma and croup.