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Fall 2013 - RSV & Your Baby

FF fall 2013 RSV

Runny nose, congestion, coughing – poor baby has a cold! Or could it be RSV?

Parents need to be on the look out for signs of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Although many children and adults recover from RSV in a week or two, premature babies and other high-risk groups can develop much more serious and even life-threatening conditions. Courtney Mann, MD, pediatric emergency medicine physician, says to see a doctor as soon as you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid breaths
  • Signs of fatigue or irritability
  • Feeding problems
  • Fever
  • Bluish color change to skin or lips

Although RSV is very common and most children are infected with it during the first couple years of life, Dr. Mann explains RSV can cause more severe respiratory illnesses such as bronchiolitis. Children with heart and lung conditions may require more extensive medical attention and hospitalization.

RSV is frequently passed to babies by older children who may only have mild, cold-like symptoms. The season for RSV runs from fall until spring.

Prevention Tip - Wash hands and wipe down shared toys to minimize the spread of germs and RSV.