When to Worry: RSV

Children with respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, have many of the same symptoms as a bad cold but could be a serious condition. Find out how to treat RSV and when you should worry.


[MUSIC] Infections from Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, are common and contagious, and cause many of the same symptoms as a bad cold. Your child may have a cough, stuffy nose, soar throat, ear aches, or fever. Infants with RSV may also experience lethargy, crankiness, a lack of appetite. RSV can sometimes lead to brochilitis or even pneumonia, especially in babies under 6 months and pre-mature babies. And require hospitalization in kids up to five years old. Alert your doctor if her symptoms get worse or if you child isn't drinking well. Call 911 if she's having significant problems breathing. The good news is that RSV is not usually a serious condition in older babies and children. It goes away by itself [MUSIC] And you can usually treat it at home. To help ease symptoms, prop her head up to make breathing easier. Suction her nose to relieve congestion if she's an infant. And reduce fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen if she is over three months old. Ask you doctor about a fever reducer if she's younger than three months

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