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When does a child need to be hospitalized for rsv?

When does a child need to be hospitalized for rsv?

Dehydration, Low O2: 1. Need for supplemental oxygen to maintain adequate oxygen level 2. Dehydration secondary to poor feeding/fluid intake. ...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


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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 are RSV symptoms in a child?

Similar to bad cold: Rsv usually causes the same symptoms as a bad cold, such as: cough; stuffy or runny nose; a mild sore throat; earache; fever. Babies with RSV may also have no energy; act fussy or cranky; be less hungry than usual. Some children have more serious symptoms, like wheezing and respiratory distress which can lower the level of oxygen in the blood. These symptoms require emergent evaluation! ...Read more

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If your child has RSV when will you be able to go back to work?

No need to stay out: Rsv is responsible for 70% of common cold like symptoms in season & not considered a general health threat.Good handwashing, covering a cough, tossing used tissues, etc. Are considered adequate control measures for those who may have minor symptoms. Rsv probably infects at least half of us every season if we have significant exposure. ...Read more

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How long is a child with RSV contagious to other people?

How long is a child with RSV contagious to other people?

5-7 days: An infant or child with RSV will usually shed the virus or be contagious to others for 5-7 days after the start of the illness. Rsv is mainly spread by direct contact so good handwashing can prevent spread of the RSV virus. ...Read more

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What is RSV bronchiolitis, and what is the age of a child when the child is no longer susceptible to it?

What is RSV bronchiolitis, and what is the age of a child when the child is no longer susceptible to it?

Always can get it: The issue is the younger the baby, the more severe the symptoms can be, once you are an older toddler or even an adult, if you catch it you just get "cold" symptoms. ...Read more

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If there is a child with rsv, how long does it take for full recovery after treatment?

Up to 3 weeks: Children may show lingering symptoms of an RSV illness for several weeks, despite treatment. Rsv symptoms routinely last 2 to 3 weeks. Call your doctor if symptoms last more than 3 weeks, or anytime if symptoms abruptly change or worsen. ...Read more

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Is it ok for my son to be around another child who's sister has RSV my 1 yr old niece has RSV and want to know if it is ok for my son to be around the 1 yr old's siblings

Is it ok for my son to be around another child who's sister has RSV my 1 yr old niece has RSV and want to know if it is ok for my son to be around the 1 yr old's siblings

You : You do not need to separate your child from the infected child's siblings. This is a very common virus that most kids have contracted by age 3. It is usually worse in kids under one; in kids older than one, if contracted would present like a common cold. The key for your son and for all the kids in this situation is handwashing. Frequent handwashing will help prevent the spread of the virus. ...Read more

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Is RSV contagious from children to adults to children? We will visit grand child 7 months diagnosed with rsv. After a few days we will then visit other grandchildren ages 5, 3, 1 in another household. Will we be contagious? Can we infect the othe

Is RSV contagious from children to adults to children? We will visit grand child 7 months diagnosed with rsv.  After a few days we will then visit other grandchildren ages 5, 3, 1 in another household.  Will we be contagious?  Can we infect the othe

Yes but.....: RSV is the main cause of the human cold during RSV season.It is a germ that generates poor if any immunity if you catch it, and humans are often reinfected every year or two. It can be spread by droplets (in air) or on your hands.If you catch it you can spread it for days and weeks afterward. It is more worrisome to kids below 16 lb than those that are larger.Good hand washing helps reduce spread ...Read more

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