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What are symptoms of RSV in infants..

What are symptoms of RSV in infants..

RSV: Symptoms include respiratory distress due to rapid, labored breathing and wheezing. Nasal flaring is also present. Fever may or may not be present. ...Read more

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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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 hes prone to other respitory diseases?

My son had RSV as a premature infant, does this mean hes 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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What's the pathophysiology of RSV and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

What's the pathophysiology of RSV and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

RSV: Respiratory syncytial virus (rsv) causes infection of the respiratory tract. It starts as a cold, but then the virus spreads to lower respiratory tract and causes infection/inflammation in the smaller breathing tubes (bronchioles): swelling of the lining of the tubes and sloughing of the lining of these tubes with debris building up and causing partial/complete blockage of these tubes. ...Read more

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How long would RSV typically last in an infant?

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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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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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 do infants generally have RSV for?

How long do infants generally have RSV for?

2 - 3 weeks: In a recent study in the british medical journal, they looked at how long respiratory infections lasted in children. Bronchiolitis resolved by day 13 in 50% and by about day 21 in 90%. ...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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Im 17 and have been diagnosed with bronchiolitis caused by rsv, is this something to worry about considering it is usually found only in infants? Help

Im 17 and have been diagnosed with bronchiolitis caused by rsv, is this something to worry about considering it is usually found only in infants? Help

Mistaken belief: The Respiratory Syncytial Virus is responsible for 70% of colds and URI's for anyone at any age in the RSV season. It is more worrisome in infants because it usually goes deeper in the lungs and triggers more problems.However, there are some older kids and adults, typically those with asthma or a history of recurrent bronchitis that can have problems with RSV.Less common but not unique. ...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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Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

Wheezing: Wheezing and severe cough in an infant may be due to rsv. The younger and smaller the infant the more severe the illness will be. Premature babies are at the highest risk and may require hospitalization. See your doctor. ...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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How can I tell if my baby has rsv?

How can I tell if my baby has rsv?

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

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What are some good tips for home care of a baby with rsv?

What are some good tips for home care of a baby with rsv?

Suction: I agree with dr. Roberts - lots of suction with saline to loosen the mucus. Some babies with rsv-induced bronchiolitis will wheeze and some will improve with asthma medicines. Your doctor may recommend that. The copious mucus can be really problematic, though, and getting that loose (with saline, with warm baths, or with a humidifier) and get it out may be the most helpful. ...Read more

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Since my baby got sick with RSV, she would only sleep if on top of me. During the day she sleeps anywhere but at night she doesn't. I don't like cosle?

Since my baby got sick with RSV, she would only sleep if on top of me. During the day she sleeps anywhere but at night she doesn't. I don't like cosle?

Question? : I am not understanding your question here. Can you please restate and ask a question? Sorry your baby is sick, this is a tough one! ...Read more

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How does RSV cause disease in baby?

How does RSV cause disease in baby?

RSV: In most infants, RSV manifests as a non-specific viral uri. A proportion of infants progress to lower respiratory disease caused by inflammatory shedding of damaged cells into the lumen of the rspiratory tact and edema resulting in creased resistance to airflow. The pt will have cough , wheezing, and increased work of breathing . Some pts need oxygen, IV fluids and deep suctioniing. ...Read more

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How do I know my baby needs medical attention for rsv?

How do I know my baby needs medical attention for rsv?

Will baby drink: The simple guide to bringing baby in includes a focus on their activities. You know them better than anybody. A change in patterns is time for close monitoring. If they play less and sleep more a problem may be coming. If you notice their breathing has changed, become rapid, its time to call. If they cut their feed short, or prefer to breathe rather than drink, go in now. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to tell whether a person (not a baby) has RSV or just a cold?

Is there anyway to tell whether a person (not a baby) has RSV or just a cold?

Yes: ..But only by lab tests for sure. It is possible to be very suspicious however. ...Read more

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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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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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If my baby is 4 months old he has been having this weird cough.. It's real dry and short.. He only does it every once in a while... Could it be rsv?

If my baby is 4 months old he has been having this weird cough.. It's real dry and short.. He only does it every once in a while... Could it be rsv?

M.D. visit: RSV can cause a variety of illnesses including cold symptoms, wheezing, pneumonia. Nasal congestion is one of the common features of RSV.
A short dry cough may be due to reactivity of the airway. Albuterol is a typical treatment. A follow up visit with your pediatrician is advised. A virtual appt can be made online. ...Read more

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My baby just had rsv a week ago when he was two weeks old , my other two children had it still do I have a cold can he get it again ? His 1 month now

My baby just had rsv a week ago when he was two weeks old , my other two children had it still do I have a cold can he get it again ? His 1 month now

Yes and no: I don't think your worrying about the other kids passing it back during this cycle as reasonable. Yes we get RSV over and over. Little kids get it about once a yesr with the symptoms lessening as they get older.By mid childhood and later it is just a cold.In fact 80% of colds are dur to that virus (in season). ...Read more

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If a baby has had RSV pneumonia, can they develop asthma when older?

Yes: Rsv infection commonly causes increased wheezing with common colds for 6-18 months. Severe RSV infection can also increase the risk of developing asthma. A family history of asthma, allergies, eczema, and summertime wheezing all are associated with greater risk of asthma. ...Read more

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My baby has rsv, but I have been feeling sick as well. What can I take for my cold symptoms?

My baby has rsv, but I have been feeling sick as well.  What can I take for my cold symptoms?

Cold meds: You can take over the counter cold meds such as delsym or Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm for cough. Are you breastfeeding? If so you may still take the over the counter meds. Just be sure to drink plenty of fluids. There is no antibiotic that will help rsv. ...Read more

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Do many parents have a baby or child that had RSV but were not hospitalized for it?

Do many parents have a baby or child that had RSV but were not hospitalized for it?

Yes: Since RSV is the main cause of the common cold in season, (>60%) most infants and older kids do well with it. The RSV label became common after simple lab tests were developed to confirm the illness from nasal secretions. A fraction of kids, mostly under 16 lbs can end up with deeper infections and hospital care. Kids will generally get this repeatedly through life,it doesn't stimulate immunity ...Read more

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What is benefit of Synagis (palivizumab) for baby with TOF pre repair surgery?hes 3 months old pink tet no other issues. Is it necessary at this point in RSV season

What is benefit of Synagis (palivizumab) for baby with TOF pre repair surgery?hes 3 months old pink tet no other issues. Is it necessary at this point in RSV season

Important question: A 3 month old TOF patient could develop life threatening bronchiolitis due to RSV and even if it was mild, would make the kid unsuitable for surgery for a significant period afterward.Treated infants can still get RSV but it would be mild. If you can get it approved, its a no brainer to me. I've watched far too many infants struggle with this disease over several decades. ...Read more

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My 6 month baby does not want to eat formula since yesterday. She is RSV + has been wheezing and coughing, its 3 pm and shes only had 2 gerbers 2 ounces of milk, what can I do?

My 6 month baby does not want to eat formula since yesterday. She is RSV + has been wheezing and coughing, its 3 pm and shes only had 2 gerbers 2 ounces of milk, what can I do?

Fluid needs: If baby is not taking enough fluids to wet diapers every 6hrs or more the RSV may be getting the better of her. A recheck is in order for breathing rates> 55/min or fluid refusal. ...Read more

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