RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is the major cause of lung infections in young children and babies. RSV is so common that virtually all children have been infected with the virus by the age of 3. Many children have the illness more than once. RSV usually results in mild, cold-like symptoms. In some cases, it can cause serious lung infections and breathing problems. Because of this, it is important to know what to do if you suspect serious RSV infection.
How RSV Spreads
RSV spreads easily from person to person through fluids from the nose and mouth of an infected person. It spreads quickly in group settings, such as daycare and schools.
Symptoms of RSV
Most babies and children with an RSV infection have the same symptoms they might have with a cold or flu. These include a stuffy or runny nose, a cough, headache, and a low fever.
Treatment will focus on relieving your child’s symptoms and ensuring that the infection does not get worse. Antibiotics are not useful against viruses, so they are not prescribed. Try the following to help your child feel more comfortable and get better faster:
When to Call the Doctor
Call your doctor right away if your child has any of the following:
Preventing RSV Infection
To help prevent the infection:
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