Do You Know RSV in Infants?

Q:
Do you know RSV in infants?

A:
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause infections in the lungs and respiratory tract. It is a contagious illness that spreads fast. The virus can spread through the air or direct contact, and it can enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth. It can infect both children and adults.

For most children and adults, the RSV infection is like a cold or flu, they will recover in 1-2 weeks. But infants are most severely affected, especially premature babies, infants with heart and lung disease, or babies with a very weak immune system.

In some cases, if an infant is infected with RSV, the infection may cause some serious problems such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia. That is very dangerous for an infant.

The common symptoms of RSV in infants include:

  • Cough.
  • Fever.
  • Wheezing.
  • Stuffy nose or runny nose.

The severe symptoms of RSV in infant include:

  • Poor feeding.
  • Irritability.
  • Unusual tiredness.
  • Short, shallow and rapid breathing.
  • A bluish or purplish tinge to skin.
  • Dehydration (lack of tears when crying, little or no urine for 6 hours, and cool, dry skin).

Call your baby’s doctor if you find your baby has above symptoms.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.