RSV Is Surging In Infants And Children – What You Need To Know As A Parent

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by Azure Sullivan

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11.08.2022

RSV is also known as Respiratory Syncytial Virus.  The season for RSV is typically late fall (November/December) through early spring but this year it began earlier in combination with several other active viruses (Rhinovirus, Influenza A, Covid-19).  As a result, it is not only causing illness infants and children but overwhelming hospitals and emergency departments.

What is RSV

RSV is a viral (not treated with antibiotics) infection that causes cold like symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, fever, sore throat) as well as impacting the lungs resulting in cough, wheezing, increased work of breathing and sometimes severe respiratory distress. RSV targets the small to medium airways of the lungs and causes sloughing of tissue which can result in breathing problems. RSV will generally only cause cold type symptoms in older children but can be dangerous in infants under 6 months to a year old.

Treatment

The treatment for RSV is generally supportive; nasal suctioning, fever medication, and fluids. There are no antiviral medications or vaccines to date for RSV and it is not treated with antibiotics.

When To Seek Care

The care is generally supportive however parents should look out for breathing difficulties and dehydration Signs of breathing difficulties include wheezing, grunting, increased rate of breathing, belly breathing and using extra muscles to breath in the rib cage neck and abdomen. If you see any of these signs, you should have a discussion with your pediatrician and seek care in an emergency department.

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