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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?
Dr. Farrell orders acute bronchiolitis due to RSV vaporizer at night saline&bulb suction encourage fluids smaller frequent feeds tylenol&albuterol as needed can I give my 3month old pedialyte&how much?
You may.: You may give pedialyte. However remember pedialyte does not provide enough calories. Pedialyte is not a medicine. It just helps to keep the hydration. If your 3 month old is taking feeds, it is better to continue breast-feeding. You can also express your breast milk and feed with a spoon in small amounts. I hope he/she gets better soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Airway mucous test: If available the test is done on airway secretions, often obtained with deep suction. During minor illness the test is seldom worthwhile as it generally does not change a treatment plan. ...Read more
The "cold": Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) is one of the common cold viruses. It accounts for 80% of the colds & other upper airway problems in season. It is acquired thru contact with the secretions or droplets. It infests the upper airway, injuring nasal & respiratory cells causing drainage. You self heal with minimal immunity & can get it every year. Small babies can have major pbs with the drainage &wheezing. ...Read more
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
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