This Friday, October 21, 12 regions – including Occitan – were placed in the epidemic phase of bronchiolitis by the health authorities. In the Paris region, certain pediatric services, already overwhelmed, have transferred small patients.

The bronchiolitis epidemic continues to gain ground in France. In one week, almost 3,000 children under the age of 2 went through the emergency room. A number that continues to rise, and which has led the health authorities to place eight new regions in the epidemic phase.

12 regions, including Occitanie, in epidemic phase

This Friday, October 21, the regions are concerned: OccitaniaAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Brittany, Centre-Val de Loire, Grand Est, Guyana, Normandy, Pays de la Loire, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France and New Aquitaine.

In the Paris region, the lack of beds in the pediatric wards of hospitals has forced nurses to transfer some young patients to other hospitals in the provinces, sometimes more than 200 kilometers from their parents’ homes.

The Minister of Health, François Braun, went to the bedside and the nursing staff on Friday.

What symptoms and when to consult?

This year, the bronchiolitis epidemic is considered early by the regional health authorities (ARS). This viral illness, which affects the respiratory tract of infants, is characterized by “an episode of respiratory distress characterized by coughing and rapid wheezing,” the Social Security website specifies.

The symptoms can last for ten days. Public Health France advises parents not to systematically go to the emergency room unless:

  • The child is less than six weeks old
  • He is a former preemie of less than three months
  • He has a respiratory or heart disease
  • He drinks less than half of his bottles at three consecutive meals
  • He is constantly throwing up
  • He sleeps constantly or cries unusually and cannot sleep