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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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Dr. Corey Clay
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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (Definition)

Respiratory syncytial virus is a virus that causes respiratory illness commonly in young children. It infects the lungs and breathing passages, and is highly contagious. While the virus produces the symptoms of a common cold in adults, it is a much more serious and dangerous infection ...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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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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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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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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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 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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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?

Yes: Rsv actually doesn't invade the blood during infections and never triggers the quality of immune response you would get if it did. Children and adults will commonly acquire RSV every other year on average throughout life with symptoms of decreasing intensity as they age. Pneumonia from RSV is an exception and generally hits small infants, asthmatics or adults with many health problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Agustin Rivas
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Rsv (Definition)

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, causes mild cold and flu-like symptoms in adults and older children. In younger infants and children, it can cause more serious "croup-like" symptoms such ...Read more