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A study in JAMA Network Open compared the effectiveness of enhanced nasal suctioning and minimal suctioning in infants with bronchiolitis discharged home from pediatric emergency departments (EDs). In a clinical trial of 367 infants at 4 tertiary-care pediatric EDs in Canada, participants were randomized to minimal suctioning via bulb or enhanced suctioning via a battery-operated device. The authors found enhanced suctioning did not alter the disease course compared with minimal suctioning.

Get some sleep: How appropriate that among the outcome measures, the researchers looked at parents’ satisfaction with the course of treatment, including their ability to sleep when most likely the baby with bronchiolitis was up at night coughing and causing Mom and Dad to worry. The proportion of parents reporting their own sleep as normal was higher in the enhanced group, but the difference was not statistically significant. Key measures included the number of unscheduled revisits for bronchiolitis and use of additional suctioning devices.

Enhanced Nasal Suctioning Doesn’t Help Baby’s Bronchiolitis