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My 5 month old baby is RSV + been to ER more than 5 times, is it ok to give her xopenex (levalbuterol) 0.63mg/3ml through nebulizer for wheezing & coughing?

My 5 month old baby is RSV + been to ER more than 5 times, is it ok to give her xopenex (levalbuterol) 0.63mg/3ml through nebulizer for wheezing & coughing?

Definitely but she: Needs to be monitored &managed by her pediatrician. Sounds like she is not under control. She may need steroids either orally 4 short course, 5 days or add Pulmicort to her regimen. Be aggressive initially &wean her off xopenex (levalbuterol) &eventually maintain her on Pulmicort twice daily till controlled & then once at night 4 a few months then re- evaluate. If ex-expremie, she may need synagis. Discuss w her md. ...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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5 month old has rsv, already on a nebulizer, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and sucking his nose out. However, he is coughing and sleeping more. Should be I worry?

5 month old has rsv, already on a nebulizer, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and sucking his nose out.  However, he is coughing and sleeping more.  Should be I worry?

Call Doctor: Is he laboring when breathing? Is he eating well, Is he acting as himself? If not, and you are concerned that he is not better than he was when he was diagnosed with RSV, you should call his doctor and make sure he is still not wheezing.
Take care, ...Read more

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My almost 7 month old little boy has been breathing heavily with wet cough, runny nose, and fever. Could the breathing be a sign of rsv?

My almost 7 month old little boy has been breathing heavily with wet cough, runny nose, and fever. Could the breathing be a sign of rsv?

RSV: Respiratory syncytial virus is most often seen from dec to mar but can be seen at any time. More often in premature and the very young <12 weeks old. Can be associated with day care. Most symptoms are fever, runny nose, cough, wheezing trouble breathing and loss of appetite. Any young infant with fever should be evaluated. It could just be a cold but an examination would be best to check. ...Read more

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What do I do if my four month old has rsv?

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

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Is there anything tgat can be done for my 3 month old who has rsv?

Yes: Time will help. If she sounds juicy like she is "drowning in secretions" and you want to suction her, then homeopathic antimonium tartaricum is amazing. Visit www.Franzcenter. Com under herbaceuticals... I have wonderful results with air tea. ...Read more

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My 2 1/2 month old has rsv, has had it 4 7days now. He can barely breath or eat. What can I do and how long will this last?

My 2 1/2 month old has rsv, has had it 4 7days now. He can barely breath or eat. What can I do and how long will this last?

See Below: Unfortunately it may last 1-2 weeks. You need to maintain hydration. Using a humidifier and frequent nasal suction with saline nose drops, particularly before feedings, helps.If still with trouble call your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Our 3 month old was just diagnosed with rsv. What treatments for this are successful?

Supportive care: This is basically the cold virus. It is responsible for 80% of upper respiratory infections during its season. Some smaller infants are more at risk because of the excessive mucous created during the illness, that the have trouble coughing out. Some are hospitalized for oxygen and fluids and respiratory care. There are no antibiotics that help. ...Read more

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What to do if my 3 month old was just diagnosed with rsv. Has anyone had successful treatment that worked?

Hang in there: We still don't have much for babies and rsv. About one third of babies respond to albuterol nebulizers so we try those. Expect a month of illness here. If he responds to nebs you can try those every four hours at home. You may have to do smaller feedings to keep him hydrated. Watch for wet diapers at least 3 a day we want to see. Your doc will want to check him going into the weekend! ...Read more

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I believe my 6 month old son has rsv. What should I do. I took him to is pcm and she said it was a cold a week ago. But the ER said it was a resp infc?

Mgt: RSV is one common cause of upper respiratory infections and infections of the lung. Most children will resolve the illness within 10 days.
More details would be helpful, and an appointment can be booked online at healthtap.com/DosanjhMD
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11 month old continues to cough after RSV has cleared. Teething or something RSV related? Sometimes she coughs so much she throws up.

11 month old continues to cough after RSV has cleared. Teething or something RSV related? Sometimes she coughs so much she throws up.

Common: Infants who have RSV bronchiolitis will often cough intermittently for at least a month after the primary infection. They will also cough more with irritant exposures to dust/fragrance/smoke/etc. For the next year they can wheeze on occasion with minor colds. As long as baby is eating and playful it is likely okay. If the kid starts refusing feeds or to play they deserve a followup exam. ...Read more

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My 14 month old grand dau has RSV serious case what is it how to cure it please thank you barb she also has asthma and just got over pnuemona last month

My 14 month old grand dau has RSV serious case what is it how to cure it please thank you barb she also has asthma and just got over pnuemona last month

I'm : I'm so sorry she has RSV on top of her other problems! Sounds like she's had a rough winter! Rsv stands for respiratory syncytial virus — it is the most common cause of an illness in infants and small children called bronchiolitis. Unfortunately, since it is a virus, there are no specific treatments for it — it just has to run its course. We try to provide supportive care to the child who has it depending on what they need — anything from a humidifier and a bulb suction for mucus, breathing treatments, and/or even hospitalization, close monitoring and oxygen for the children who are very ill. If you are concerned about your granddaughter's breathing or if she is refusing to drink, call her pediatrician. Below I've attached a website with more in-depth information about rsv. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can RSV cause a rash 2 weeks after a 10-month-old gets out of the hospital?

Can RSV cause a rash 2 weeks after a 10-month-old gets out of the hospital?

Doubt it: I've treated thousands of cases over several decades and don't recall a rash associated with any of them. The germ selectively invades the airway tissue and is not present in the blood to any significant degree. Only blood invaders trigger a generalized rash. If a rash came up two weeks after hospitalization it is much more likely to represent something else. ...Read more

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My 3 month old had RSV 2 weeks ago. It seems to be returning. I can't see the doctor until Monday. What can I do?

My 3 month old had RSV 2 weeks ago. It seems to be returning. I can't see the doctor until Monday. What can I do?

RSV: Baby's with RSV can remain sick for weeks. If his breathing is worse, or if he has poor color call 911. If he is feeding poorly and not wetting his diapers he should be assessed at the hospital. If he has a fever he may have a secondary infection like pneumonia or an ear infection. All the best. ...Read more

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3 month old had RSV 2 weeks ago. It seems like it's coming back. Can't see doctor until Monday. What can I do?

RSV treatment: Consists of supportive care (pain management, oral rehydration, careful monitoring, +/-nebulized albuterol) since this viral infection cannot be cured with antibiotics. Young infants are at risk for more severe disease and should be hospitalized if respiratory distress or intractable wheezing develops. It is generally at it's worst on the 3rd and 4th nights, then gradually improves over 2 weeks ...Read more

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My 3 month old had RSV 2 weeks ago and it seems to be coming back. I can't see the doctor until Monday. What can I do?

RSV: Most cases of respiratory syncytial virus infection aren't life-threatening. If your child has a fever, you can give him or her acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) as per the dosage for the age of your child. Have your child drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Keeping your child upright and the air moist with a humidifier also may help ease congestion. Urgicare if severe symptoms. Good luck ...Read more

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My 3 month old had RSV 2 weeks ago and now it seems like it is coming back. Can't see doctor until Monday What can I do?

My 3 month old had RSV 2 weeks ago and now it seems like it is coming back.  Can't see doctor until Monday What can I do?

3 month old: Take your baby to an ER if there is fever, overly rapid or difficulty breathing, poor feeding, irritability, feeding poorly or regurgitating food, sleeping excessively. Three month olds are very fragile and can deteriorate quickly. If you have any doubts at all, err on the side of caution and safety. Hope your baby recovers fully and soon. ...Read more

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My 6 month old has RSV and when I give him breathing treatments he coughs a lot but can't get it up. What can I do to help him cough it up?

My 6 month old has RSV and when I give him breathing treatments he coughs a lot but can't get it up. What can I do to help him cough it up?

Mgt: At this age babies are not able to spit out sputum. They typically will swallow their secretions.
If the cough worsens, or if he seems to be having problems breathing, a follow up appt is indicated.
RSV can linger, but mild cases typically resolve within 10 days. ...Read more

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3 month old had RSV 2 weeks ago. It sounds like it is coming back. I can't see doctor for 2 days. What can I do?

3 month old had RSV 2 weeks ago. It sounds like it is coming back. I can't see doctor for 2 days. What can I do?

Depends: If the baby has difficulty breathing you need to take them to the ER. If by coming back you mean just some congestion but otherwise the baby is fine then you can probably wait. You can always call a doctor. ...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 my 5 month old take Pedia lye for diarrhea while having rsv. Was vomitting, Dr gave him Zofran (ondansetron). Now he has diarrhea?

Rsv and pedialyte: Pedialyte is actually quite good for babies with RSV because it gives them the extra fluids and electrolytes they need. Avoid milk and milk products for 3-5 days. Let him have all the pedialyte he wants. You can use a soy formula in 48 hours. ...Read more

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14 month old had possible infultrate on chest xray and rsv+. 8 days later no better besides fever is gone. Should chest xray be repeated?

14 month old had possible infultrate on chest xray and rsv+. 8 days later no better besides fever is gone. Should chest xray be repeated?

Not necessarily: If there were a decline in overall condition a repeat chest x-ray might be appropriate. Kids with RSV often have patchy infiltrates on xray and routinely cough & sputter for up to a month after their primary infection. Chest xrays will often take weeks to clear beyond a patient clinical improvement, even with significant pneumonia. ...Read more

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Should Zofran (ondansetron) be given to a 4-month old with rsv? I have a 4-month-old grandson that has been diagnosed with rsv. He is running a fever and throwing everything up. Even pedialyte. He is very congested.

Should Zofran (ondansetron) be given to a 4-month old with rsv? I have a 4-month-old grandson that has been diagnosed with rsv. He is running a fever and throwing everything up. Even pedialyte. He is very congested.

Even : Even though zofran (ondansetron) is approved for use in infants who are vomiting from chemotherapy, it should be used with extreme caution in any other setting. Zofran (ondansetron) works by blocking neurotransmitters in the nausea center of the brain. If you are vomiting because something is giving you nausea (like chemo, a stomach bug or motion sickness) then zofran (ondansetron) works well.

Often, children who have bronchiolitis (the illness caused by rsv) vomit secondary to coughing up and gagging on mucus, not because they are nauseous. In that case, zofran (ondansetron) wouldn't help the vomiting. It is very important to try to keep your grandson hydrated during this illness. Using a bulb suction prior feeds can help. Sometimes sips of pedialyte from a spoon instead of from a bottle can give small enough amounts to prevent choking and vomiting.

You should call your grandchild's doctor if you see any signs of dehydration. These signs are: — dry mouth -few or no tears when crying -excessive fussiness -fewer than 3-4 wet diapers/day -no urination in 6-8 hours -sunken soft spot -dry, wrinkled or doughy skin -appears weak or limp -decreased alertness or increased sleepiness -rapid breathing or fast heart rate Also, if appears to be worsening, having difficulty breathing, or if his fever persists, you should also contact his doctor. Good luck! RSV is miserable — I'm so sorry he has it. ...Read more

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Took 7 month old to dr said she still has ear infection and now said she has rsv. She is screaming and thrashing like she is in pain. What do I do.

Ear Pain in Infants: I would see an ENT specialist asap. Otitis media can become serious even if started by a virus. Antibiotics are often necessary even if the initial cause was rsv. ...Read more

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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/?

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

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Should i be concerned if my 13 month old went to the ER christmas night for RSV and double ear infection?

Should i be concerned if my 13 month old went to the ER christmas night for RSV and double ear infection?

Common issue: In season, RSV causes 70%+ of the upper airway infections in kids and is often complicated by an ear infection. Kids that age and size are seldom hospitalized with rsv. To me, this is the expected pattern in winter for many. ...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

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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