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Can Croup Turn Into Rsv
RSV/Croup: Breathing in moist air helps most kids feel better, and ibuprofen or acetaminophen (only in children over 6 months old) can make them more comfortable. As with most illnesses, rest and plenty of fluids are recommended. Use a cool-mist humidifier or run a hot shower to create a steam-filled bathroom where you can sit with your child for 10 minutes. Breathing mist will sometimes stop the coughing. ...Read more
Could RSV turn into croup. My 4month old has RSV he has had a cough 4 a while but now it sounds like a bark it gets better after breathing treatments?
3 month old baby's third week of RSV. Now cough sounds like croup although she's been receiving albuterol-nebulizer treatments (6x/day for 4 days, 3x/?
Hang in there!: We usually try albuterol treatments for RSV in babies. About one third of babies respond. As long as she is not spiking a fever now and her breathing is stable, she has 3 wet diapers daily, hang in there another week. Start to finish, this is a month long illness! Keep all your followup appointments with her pediatrician. I'm glad she's doing well at home! You are doing a great job! ...Read more
Started a running nose 3 days ago now is runny/congested. Raspy breathing while awake when sleeping snores Barks when she coughs. RSV? Croup? Cold?
Acute tracheobronchitis, croup, stridor, RSV. Thought to be what I have. Normal chest X-ray, CT scan normal blood ox normal. Help. What test do next?
Possible rx: If you have an acute infection, the symptoms most likely will resolve without need for further testing. If you have had symptoms for three or more weeks, a secondary infection, antibiotics may be used to treat a specific bacterial infection; prolonged inflammation is treatable with aerosolized steroids. These are some possible management options. ...Read more
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
Severe cold symptoms: Rsv may cause a common cold in some children. However, in young infants, RSV may cause much more severe cold symptoms (associated with marked nasal drainage and congestion, difficulty breathing with wheezing, grunting, retractions in the chest). If your baby is struggling to breathe, it is best to contact your doctor for her to be seen in case the infection may be due to rsv. ...Read more
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
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 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
RSV: RSV is a common respiratory virus. Some common symptoms: Cough, runny nose, sneezing, fever, nasal congestion, wheezing, and difficulty breathing (especially for newborns and very young infants). More info here: http://chadrudnick.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-is-rsv.html?m=1 see your pediatrician for evaluation and possible RSV testing. ...Read more
RSV in 4mo: Rsv is a common respiratory virus. Its worrisome complications often affect infants under ~16 lb but tend to be less a problem as a kid gets bigger. Rapid breathing to the point a kid refuses to feed is a pivotal point where the kid must be seen & possibly hospitalized for oxygen therapy. Most 4mo will have a cold or at most lots of extra mucous production.If they keep up with their feeds it passes. ...Read more
Hard to do: This is passed by touch/transfer or droplets (inhaled).RSV is the cause of 80% of the common cold during it's high season (Nov-Mar in US). Many adults will have only a brief runny nose when they have it. Good handwashing/sanitizers/avoiding crowds can help. However, if you have family gatherings in season the kids at risk. It is less invasive/problem for kids as they get older. ...Read more
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
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 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 dvps. ...Read more
Immunity is partial: Rsv is a crafty virus that settles into the outer layers of airways like warts on your skin. It doesn't dive into the blood & stimulate your immune system head on, so you gradually get better at fending it off after repeated infections. It is possible for you to get it almost every season, with less invasion of your nose to the point you may not be aware you carry it.(but you may still spread it.). ...Read more
Paramyxovirus: This relative of measles can only be transmitted from human to human thru respiratory secretions, often more by droplets on hands than by inhalation. It usually infects children less than 2 yrs. Old, and most develop symptoms. It can produce pneumonia with occasionally severe effects on breathing and require hospitalization. The incubation period is about 5 days from exposure. Rarely fatal. ...Read more
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