RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus): What You Need to KnowLeave a Comment
What You Should Know About RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)
The Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a contagious viral infection that is most commonly found in children and infants. It usually affects the lungs of the person and it can last up to 2 weeks. While this disease is not considered to be extremely dangerous for healthy people, it can cause major problems among infants as well as those who may be already suffering from lung or heart problems.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Babies
Children that are born prematurely are most susceptible to this virus. When a premature birth takes place, the baby’s lungs are not formed completely. This makes the lungs weak and more susceptible to catching RSV. It can cause severe symptoms of bronchitis and lung problems, leading to pneumonia and other complications. This can be life-threatening for the child and requires immediate hospitalization.
Other children often suffer from RSV and get cured in a couple of weeks. A lot of them usually get RSV before they turn 2 years old and it lasts for a week or two. RSV is an infectious disease and it spreads very quickly among children and you will often find a sudden outbreak of RSV in your area.
How to Detect RSV
RSV usually comes on with a simple cold or cough that lasts for a couple of weeks. If you have a baby that shows any of the below mentioned virus symptoms along with a prolonged cough or cold, you should get in touch with a doctor at Pediatric Partners and make an appointment:
• A high fever
• Sudden onset of irritability
• Problems with breathing normally
• Refusing to eat
• Any kind of dehydration
How to Prevent RSV
RSV is spread very easily. The most common way of catching this virus is through touching other people who are infected by it or by touching infected surfaces. Especially when a baby is small, it is very important to try to keep the baby away from any kind of infection. Here are some ways to reduce the risk of catching any viral infections, bacterial infections and respiratory system diseases:
• Wash your hands after touching other people and unfamiliar surfaces.
• Ask others to wash their hands before they touch or carry your baby.
• Regularly clean your house with a disinfectant.
• Stay away from crowded areas.
• If you hear of a lot of people getting RSV, try to keep your child at home and do not send him or her to school or day care.
If you suspect that your child is ill, bring them to Pediatric Partners of Winter Haven or take them to the doctor immediately and ask for RSV treatment so that it can be treated before it gets severe.