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Can a Baby Die From RSV? What will Happen once my baby is hospitalized because she came up Positive RSV?

Can a Baby Die From RSV? What will Happen once my baby is hospitalized because she came up Positive RSV?

RSV common virus: Most babies who are hospitalized recover and return home in a few days. Some infants who have had RSV may develop asthma symptoms, but the course depends on a number of factors including genetics and environmental exposures. She should not be around anyone who smokes, since even the smell of smoke on clothing can trigger a reaction A virtual consult appt can be arranged/ I hope she is home soon ...Read more

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Dr. Agustin Rivas
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Rsv (Definition)

Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV is a virus that causes bronchiolitis (infection of lower airways) in infants and toddlers. It is particularly serious in premature infants and infants with respiratory and heart disease. In older children and adults, ...Read more


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What is RSV in babies? How serious is it?

What is RSV in babies? How serious is it?

Dominant URI virus: Rsv is the dominant respiratory virus in season, here nov-apr. It enters the airways ; injures cells causing an outpouring of mucous. In some smaller babies, the mucous flow blocks oxygen entry ; leads to major problems;in most older kids or adults it doesn't go as deep ; may only cause a runny nose.I've seen asthma sufferers have trouble with it to age 8. U can get it every yr/ minimal immunity dvp ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are signs of RSV in babies?

Could you tell me what are signs of RSV in babies?

Just like a cold: Rsv infection can present just like a regular cold with runny nose, mild fever, congestion, cough and in some children, breathing difficulty and wheezing as well. Most infants recover in 5-7 days, but some (especially those born prematurely or those with congenital heart disease) may get very sick requiring hospitalisation. Treatment is supportive. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are signs of RSV in babies?

Need expert help here. What are signs of RSV in babies?

See below: For young infants younger than 4-6 weeks, RSV infection may produce minimal respiratory symptom. Instead, lethargy, irritability, poor feeding, sometimes accompanied by apneic episodes (brief cessation of breathing), may be the presenting signs. Infants older than 4 weeks often develop noticeable nasal discharge followed by wheezing and chest congestion, usually lasting a week. ...Read more

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What can babies take for rsv?

What can babies take for rsv?

Treatment supportive: Rsv is a respiratory virus that is responsible for up to 80% of respiratory symptoms in a town when at it's peak season. Symptoms vary from unrecognized to a cold in older patients to worrisome wheezing respiratory distress in infants. Treatment is supportive: oxygen as needed, airway moisture or meds if indicated, IV fluids if not drinking & treatment of any co-infection. ...Read more

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How do babies get tested for RSV?

Secretions: Their nasal secretions are sent to the lab to see if there is RSV genetic markers it them. Some clinics also have this as a test kit. ...Read more

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Can an infant get RSV back to back?

Can an infant get RSV back to back?

RSV immunity: Definitely! There are many strains of RSV and developing immunity to one will not necessarily protect against others. Even receiving synagis (palivizumab) which is pooled antibodies against RSV can't completely eliminate the risk of rsv. Immunity they do have also tends to wane over several months. The good news is that most RSV infections do not result in hospitalization and act like a simple cold. ...Read more

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How long would RSV typically last in an infant?

Depends: Typically the symptoms of RSV peak after the first few days before getting better. Usually infants improve somewhere between 5-10 days; however this can vary widely, and it is not uncommon for the cough and wheeze to last several weeks after the initial symptoms began. ...Read more

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What are some tips for taking care of a infant with rsv?

What are some tips for taking care of a infant with rsv?

Supportive care: Rsv is a virus that causes lots of congestion in the nose and lungs. Infants with RSV require frequent nasal suctioning with a bulb syringe and nasal saline. They also benefit from fluids (breastmilk, pedialyte, or formula), humidifier in their room, acemtaminophen or Ibuprofen for fever, and sleeping in an upright position (30 degree angle in crib or being held by an adult). ...Read more

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How can u tell when your infant is finally getting over rsv?

How can u tell when your infant is finally getting over rsv?

Follow up visit: Rsv is a virus that may linger in some children. It has been associated with prolonged cough and wheezing in a proportion of children who have rsv. Your infant should show no signs of distress, cough, wheezing and resume their usual feeding and sleep patterns as they recover. Monitoring their temperature and scheduling a follow up visit with your physician is advised. ...Read more

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If a baby was just diagnosed with rsv, for how long would he be contagious to other babies?

If a baby was just diagnosed with rsv, for how long would he be contagious to other babies?

3-8days +/-: According to the aap redbook, viral shedding is usually 3-8d but occasionally longer in young infants. Strict hand washing technique and avoidance of respiratory secretions will limit transmission. ...Read more

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Can babies come down with the RSV infection repeatedly?

Can babies come down with the RSV infection repeatedly?

No: Rsv, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common winter virus, roughly from november through march. Like many other viruses it is possible to become infected more than once. Keep in mind there are other viruses that may cause similar symptoms and may be diagnosed as "bronchiolitis" as well. ...Read more

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Can adults get RSV from an infected infant or would they just get pneumonia?

Can adults get RSV from an infected infant or would they just get pneumonia?

See below: Most likely an adult who had not already had that strain of RSV (which is less likely), would have cold symptoms or flu like symptoms. Most often, only infants and small children have respiratory difficulty but pneumonias are not impossible - but that would be secondary to the other symptoms. ...Read more

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My son had RSV as a premature infant, does this mean he's prone to other respitory diseases?

My son had RSV as a premature infant, does this mean he's prone to other respitory diseases?

Maybe: Rsv is known to be associated with future asthma in the infant. It is not well understood whether the RSV causes one to have wheezing in their future or whether they have a genetic predilection to wheezing. Either way those that get RSV as an infant often have asthmatic symptoms later ...Read more

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Does premature birth make babies more susceptible to rsv?

Does premature birth make babies more susceptible to rsv?

Yes: Almost all children get RSV infection at some time. It is typically most serious in very young infants, particularly those born prematurely. There is a medication (synagis (palivizumab)) that can be administered which lessens the severity of the infection, but there is very strict criteria on which babies can receive synagis (palivizumab). Check with your pediatrician to see if your baby qualifies. ...Read more

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My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

Vapor vs humidity: A humidifier (fan+filter+water) basically returns moisture to the air after the heating system extracts it. Homes up north have it plumbed into their furnace. In texas, less cold means we may need a separate humidifier. A good humidity range is 35-45% while dry heat can drop it below 20% and aggravate a kids cough. I have humidifiers in my office and home with gauges to monitor the level. ...Read more

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Is there nething helpful 4 treating infant RSV other than hot steam and breathing treatment? My 8 month old is miserable...

Is there nething helpful 4 treating infant RSV other than hot steam and breathing treatment? My 8 month old is miserable...

Be patient: Most of RSV infection in infant of yours requires supportive care, i.e., encouraging fluid intake and watching. Hot steam is not of help. Pay extra attention to infant's breathing. If infant's breathing becomes noticeably heavy, check with your baby's pcp again. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autoimmune encephalomyelitis (ae) in 3m/o infant and can respiratory syncytial virus (rsv) be the cause?

What are the symptoms of autoimmune encephalomyelitis (ae) in 3m/o infant and can respiratory syncytial virus (rsv) be the cause?

Difficult question: Autoimmune means the body sets off an inflammatory reaction against itself. Encephalomyelitis means inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Most cases are of unknown cause. Rsv is a terrible disease that can cause pneumonia but also inflammation of the brain with signs of encephalitis including seizures and encephalopathy with abnormal mri. The answer may then be that RSV could be a cause. ...Read more

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Can parents get rsv? My infant has it, am breastfeeding, and I now have worst cold ever. Coincidence or infected too? If so what are my trt options?

Infected: You can get rsv. In people over the age of 2, RSV causes a nasty cold, and you would treat it just like any cold. Under the age of two, it can affect the lungs and cause wheezing and fast breathing. This is called bronchiolitis, which is generally a self limited illness. ...Read more

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Is the RSV virus dangerous in a 10 month old infant? She has been on antibiotics for 6 days. Today she has a fever of 102 and a clear chest xray.

Is the RSV virus dangerous in a 10 month old infant? She has been on antibiotics for 6 days. Today she has a fever of 102 and a clear chest xray.

Take it seriously: Appropiate hydration and support is essential. Any time a child is ill and a fever spikes, a concern arises for a secondary infection ie-ear infection.Antibiotics do not treat RSV so the fact that the child is taking one does not change the outcome. If your infant is more lethargic, drinking or urinating less, working harder to breath, or fever persists call your md right away. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (Rsv) Infection (Definition)

A virus that causes an infection of the lungs and respiratory tract. Very common. Most children have been infected with the virus by the age of two. ...Read more