Table 2

Characteristics of hospitalisations due to bronchiolitis and other lower respiratory tract illnesses (LRTI), excluding asthma among children under 2 years of age, 1996–99

Bronchiolitis associated hospitalisationsHospitalisations due to other LRTI
*p<0.001.
Number653446
Age at hospitalisation (weeks)*20 (10–33)51 (25–73)
Age <1 year (%)*92.850.5
Age <6 months (%)*63.926
Boys (%)56.762
Preterm (%)15.216.7
Birth weight <2500 g (%)17.114.1
Admission between November and April (%)*95.460.3
Median (interquartile) duration of hospitalisation (days)2 (1–3)2 (1–3)