What is RSV disease?

rsvRespiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common, easily spread virus that almost all children catch at least once by the time they turn 2.

RSV disease usually causes moderate-to-severe cold symptoms. But for babies born at 35 weeks or less, or born with hear or lung problems, RSV can lead to serious lung infection, hospitalization, breathing problems and, in some cases, death. RSV has also been linked to asthma-like wheezing episodes during childhood.

 

 

 

 

Call Dr. Eisner if you baby has any of these problems:

  1. Coughing or wheezing that does not stop
  2. Fast breathing or gasping for breath
  3. Spread-out nostrils and/or a caved-in chest when trying to breathe
  4. A bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
  5. A fever (in infants under 3 months of age, a fever greater than 100.4° F rectal is a cause for concern)

How can I prevent RSV?

RSV spreads just like a common-cold virus, by the touch or someone who has a cold or through coughing sneezing. RSV can also be spread by kissing the baby If you have a cold or a fever, limit contact with the baby. Taking a few extra precautions around your family and friends can help protect your baby.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your baby, and ask others to do the same
  2. Don’t let anyone smoke in your home, or near your baby
  3. Wash your baby’s toys, clothes, and bedding often
  4. Keep your baby away from:
    – Crowds and young children
    – People with colds