Please Help My Baby Has RSV

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torbman - January 14

I took my ds up to emerg today as his breathing was c__ppy. He is stuffed up and congested in his chest. His eyes are puffy red and watering. It hurts him when he coughs. He has two front teeth coming in and both of his ears are infected. All this plus a 100.4F temp under his arm. I have a humidifier on for him and have to give him antibiotics for his ears and tylenol for the temp. Please help has anyones baby had this? I feel so bad! What could I have done to prevent this. I am a fanatic for washing hands. Any tips you can give me. My poor little guy is so sick. :( TAmara

 

torbman - January 14

The ped said that he only had a fever due to his ear infections. I hope that goes away soon. I hate seeing him sick. I stayed awhile at the hospital and the only way they let me leave was if I fed him 1 oz every hour and if he kept it down then I could go. He did and I left however I got home and gave him an oz and he threw it up. So not sure where to go from here.

 

Lisastar9 - January 14

torbman a friend of mine son had RSV too it is mostly due to babies being premature,I know your son was premature . It has nothing to do with what you are doing / or not doing.

 

ash2 - January 14

It is true that babies that are premature are prone to be more sick. Their ammunities were cut short since they came out of the womb early, so they will more than likely get sick really early even in their adult lives. My neice was 10 weeks premature ( born at 30 weeks gestetaional...SP) and she stays sick with colds and ear infections. It has nothing to do with not keeping it clean around her. Sometimes yuo just cant help it anywhere you go. Just keep the humidifier on her and put her in the bathroom while you take a shower to let the steam loosen up the mucus in her throat/ chest. This will make it easier for her to cough. Also try to limit the intake on dairy. Pedialite will probably do for the next 12 hours. It does not have syrup in it. Stay off of the formula and milk for about 12 hours too. When she feels better, start with the BRAT diet ( bannana, rice, applesauce, toast)..This is really mild and she will be less likely to throw up. Check her temp rectally...its more accurate, and add a degree. I woul also alternate tylenol and motrin....One seems to last longer. motrin is every 6 hours and tylenol is every 4. Keep him indoors while he is sick. Also , keep her elevated while she sleeps. Gravity will pull that mucus downwards. Maybe put her in an infant carrier. Also make sure the house is not too cold or hot. If i think of anymore i will let you know .

 

ash2 - January 14

Check with your PED. about staying off of the milk products though...she may have conditions that im not aware of... oh, and continue to sanatize your hands. Maybe get some lysol and spray it around your house once a day to help kill the virus. Wash your linens too ! The goal is to kill the germs everywhere it is growing.

 

torbman - January 14

Thank you ladies. Poor guy his eyes look like he hasn't slept in days. Ped told me to just give formula. I can only give him 1 oz every hour so its easy on the tummy. He seems to be ok for now. He is awake and trying to smile and play. He is 7 1 /2 months old too. Thanks for the advice ash2 that will come in handy. :)

 

Lisastar9 - January 14

torbman,also there is a vaccine dr's administar for RSV babies. This shot is giving during the winter months.

 

torbman - January 14

Does anyone know if its ok to use a humidifier with having RSV ? I heard somewhere that it may do more harm then good. What are your thoughts?

 

Monica_WeinerBaby#1 - January 15

umm yes my doctor told us to get and use a humidifier and we use it

 

Deirdra - January 15

My ds had this recently and we were in the hospital for a week b/c of it. maybe you should ask your dr about getting a nebulizer....it worked wonders for my ds...also my ds wasnt premature...

 

Patti - January 15

According to my Ped, most of us have had RSV. It's a virus that causes cold symptoms. It's a common childhood illness and the symptoms can be mild. It's worse for premature babies and those with respiratory problems such as asthma. My oldest DD was hospitalized for 4 days when she was 3 1/2. Her oxygen levels kept falling to 89 when they'd remove her oxygen. She stayed until she could keep it w/o the oxygen. She's susceptible to breathing problems when she gets a cold and we keep a nebulizer at home. RSV is very, very contagious. All the staff had to wear gowns and masks when treating my DD so they wouldn't pa__s it on to other children. Sounds like you're doing a wonderful job taking care of him. Hope he feels much better soon!

 

Patti - January 15

I forgot to add that most of us don't even know that it's RSV because it seems to only be a cold. Also, my DD that had it bad was not a preemie and was b___st fed for 8 months and she still had a low immune system and allergies. We do the best we can and they can still get sick. Don't blame yourself at all. You acted quickly and got him to a Dr. and now you're taking great care of him!!

 

Rabbits07 - January 15

I hate to hear that your little one is sick:-( Did they show you how to do the chest percussion treatments? I've had two babies with RSV, one at 2 months and the other at 4 weeks, and it was recommended for both of them. My first was my dd at 2months and she was pretty bad off by the time we learned that she had RSV...she ended up in ICU and had to have her lungs catheterized. We had to continue the chest percussion treatments on her for a while after she got out of the hospital. With my ds who was 4 weeks, I was lucky enough to have a heads up that he had been exposed to RSV, so as soon as he started presenting with cold symptoms I took him to the dr. I was ordered to start the chest percussion immediately and he faired so much better than my dd...he never even had to be hospitalized! And don't feel bad...RSV is HIGHLY contagious. You could have picked it up at the grocery store on a cart handle and then while shopping you are touching your groceries.....you can't wash every individual item that you buy once you get home. I hope your ds gets better soon!

 

jwhite - January 17

I just tookmy dd to the doctor yesterday and they tested her for RSV and whooping cough. She coughs so hard it hurts her, it doesn't weake her up during the night she falls back asleep but I can tell it hurts her. She sounds really congested also in her chest it like rattles but the doctor said her lungs sound great. Do you think this could be RSV or just a cold with a really bad cough?? What can I do to help her with her cough? I rub vicks baby rub on her every night and give her a bath with soothing lavender.

 

kris313 - January 17

Ask your ped. about a nebulizer, it really does work wonders. Our ped. told us NOT to use a humidifier while lo is sick. Evidently they are mold factories and even if you clean it everyday you can't get it all. Instead boil a large pot of water on the stove for an hour or two and run the shower. She also told us to avoid anything that could irritate the nasal pa__sages - like heavy perfume on your clothes, deodorizing sprays, etc. Scented baby lotion or soap is okay to use. Hope that helps!

 

Rabbits07 - January 17

jwhite, what were the results of your lo's tests?

 

jwhite - January 17

ped has not called yet

 

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