What is RSV?
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infects the nose and throat as well as the bronchial tubes that carry oxygen to the lungs. Children younger than six months with RSV get inflammation and swelling in their lungs. This is a problem because their bronchial tubes are already small. That can lead to trouble breathing.
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- Difficulty breathing or wheezing
- Decreased appetite
How the Virus Progresses
Typically, the fever and nasal congestion start first. The illness often peaks on day 4-5, and at that point, it is important to look for rapid breathing.
There is no vaccine for RSV. The child’s nose can be suctioned out if needed. They need to drink plenty of fluids and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
When to Call Your Pediatrician
- If your child is having difficulty breathing
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Experiencing worsening symptoms