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RSV

RSV



Most babies will be affected by RSV before they are 2 years old!

RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus and causes an infection in the lungs. It resembles a cold and is very contagious. RSV can be spread by coughing, sneezing and other forms of contact in which one person comes into contact with an infected person's germs.

Most babies will be affected by RSV before they are 2 years old. While some babies will only experience a cold from RSV, others will experience a very serious respiratory infection, such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia. RSV can develop at any time during the year, but doctors see more cases of the infection from October-March every year.

Babies that were born prematurely are at an increased risk of developing RSV. Children that have diseases or disorders of the heart, lungs or immune system have an increased risk of developing RSV. Many doctors recommend giving babies that are at an increased risk of developing RSV a medication that can help to prevent the infection. To prevent RSV in your child, you should always keep your child away from anyone that is coughing, sneezing or otherwise ill. To keep your baby's lungs strong and healthy, do not smoke or allow others to smoke around your baby. Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of infection. Make sure that your hands and other people's hands are clean when they are holding or playing with your child. Wash your child's hands frequently and keep any items that the baby puts in their mouth sanitized.

RSV symptoms usually last approximately 1-2 weeks. Symptoms of RSV include:

*Fast breathing

*Breathing complications

*Wheezing

*Cough

*Stuffy nose

*Runny nise

*Sore throat

*Fever

*Fussiness

*Decreased appetite

*Lethargic

If you notice any symptoms of RSV or child's "cold" is getting worse, call your child's doctor immediately to schedule an appointment. If your child is experiencing any difficulty breathing or their lips or fingernails are blue, contact your local emergency department or visit the emergency room immediately.

To test for RSV, usually a physical examination is all that is required Sometimes the doctor will take a swab of the nasal drainage to examine.

If your child has been diagnosed with RSV and it is not severe, home treatment for a cold is usually sufficient. You should encourage your child to drink extra fluids to prevent dehydration. Because of the risk of a serious side effect, do not give over-the-counter cough medications to a child under the age of 2. It can be helpful to use a nasal suctioner to clear mucus from the nose. Other home treatment methods include keeping the fever under control with acetaminophen or ibuprofen and making sure that your child is comfortable. You can use a cool-mist vaporizer to keep the air moist. RSV is caused by a virus and there are multiple strands of the infection so antibiotics are not effective. However, if the symptoms are severe or has caused pneumonia or bronchiolitis, hospital treatments are often necessary. Babies are often hospitalized to monitor their respiratory condition.





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baby4aaden - 1115 days ago.
My 5 week old baby just had rsv and pneumonia. he was hospitalized 3 days. It just looked like a minor cold and slight cough to me until suddenly he turned pale with blueish lips we rushed him to ER and his room oxygen levels were only 80. So they can deteriate rapidly. It is a scary illness for young babies, thank God for hospitals!

lh0407 - 1867 days ago.
Jenna had RSV and was in the hospital for 5 days back in January. It took about two weeks for her breathing to get better but she is just now getting back to her old self and taking a full bottle.

mickyg0606 - 1874 days ago.
My 6 month old has RSV. I was wondering how long it takes for them to start breathing better.

firsttime - 1877 days ago.
uugghh my daughter has brochiolitis. She is only 6 and a half weeks old and its killing me to see her miserable. She is on the nebulizer machine and oxygen. It doesn't seem like she will ever get better!! and I'm sick myself so it is complete misery at this time

cashe00 - 1886 days ago.
My 5 month old son was diagnosed with RSV and Bronchiolitis today. He is breathing very rapidly and coughing a lot. Thank the Lord he doesn't have a fever. He wasn't hospitalized, but they are having us give him breathing treatments at home with an albuterol inhalant every 4 hours. I'm just praying that my little baby gets better soon. I cannot stand to see him this way.

Falcon - 1922 days ago.
My twins are now 9 months old and have received 2 shots of Synagis. Now I am being told the Insurance compant IBX.COM, is making me pay $1000.00 EACH for the next shot as part of my out of pocket expense. Like having twins is not expensive enough already. IF anyone has had this occur please let me know ASAP. I am not able to offord this fee. Thank you

Mommatomyfirstchild - 1971 days ago.
My son is going to be 3 months old on Nov.26,2008. He came down with RSV on Nov.18,2008, then he started to rattle and wheeze by Nov.20,2008. So he was put on a breathing treatments and steroids. Then I took him back on Nov.22,2008 and he had ear infections in both ears. Then on Nov.23,2008, I had him in the emergency room for his wheezing and rattling. They did a chest x-ray to see if he had RSV pneumonia and it came back showing he did have RSV pneumonia in his left lung. What else can I ask for my son to get. I wish I could take the pain from him because it hurts so much to see him suffer through all of this pain.

zani0321 - 1979 days ago.
hi everyone, hope you all are well. my baba is still in hospital :( His been there from thursday 13/11/2008. He has RSV , it was 1st just a normal throat and ear infection and then bronchiolitis and now RSV. its really hard seeing him like that. i want 2 take the pain and discomfort away but i cant :( its really hard seeing him that he battles to breath and when his nose is blocked. sumtimes his nose is so bad that he cant even drink bottle and then they have 2 sucksion his nose first - AND HE HATES THAT, MOMMY 2..... but he is in the right place and they will get him BETTER. its just very hard on me cause my fiance is overseas on a business trip and he cant cum back . he is only back in 2weeks :(. so yes all this i must do on my own. im so tired and drained. ive been sleeping at the hospital (up and down) go home quickly to feed the dogs get clean clothes and then back to hospital again. but its fine - we always get back on our feet :0)

sherrybabydean - 1988 days ago.
My son is almost 11 months old and he got his first Synagis(sp)vaccination for this year.I'm hoping the RSV shot will protect him from getting it.RSV is very bad for babies.My other children had to be hospitalized because of it!


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