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jlong - November 3rd, 2006 9:34 PM

My d/d is 3 weeks old. Today, she was diagnosed w/RSV. I guess this is a respiratory infection that can be serious. Has anyone else had this w/a young child?

Rhonda - November 3rd, 2006 9:58 PM

I have not but my sister did.When her son was maybe 6wks or so,he had rsv and was very sick.This has been 14yrs ago so i dont remember much about it,If she has rsv then she should be in a hospital,sorry i cant be much help.

ash2 - November 3rd, 2006 10:20 PM

If a 3 week old is diagnosed with rsv, they need to be in the hospital.. i would demand it if it was my lo. ecspecially that young...JMO

Cabbie - November 3rd, 2006 10:45 PM

My first had it at one. She was very ill. It got worse before better after diagnosis. I would be concerned about having a 3 week old diagnosed and not under constant medical care. Is she in the hospital?

Kara H. - November 3rd, 2006 10:48 PM

I agree with ash2. She needs her oxygen saturation monitored constantly. Its a viral thing that is going to have to run its course and it will probably get worse before it gets better.

sahmof3 - November 3rd, 2006 11:58 PM

My dd had it- but not that young- she was 9 months... she was hospitalized and given nebulizer treatments and was monitored to make sure she was sating properly. Her breathing rate was 100 x/min. when I took her to the doc and her blood oxygen was only 90%. I agree with the others- she should be hospitalized (if she's not already).

Brenda M - December 3rd, 2006 3:41 AM

Any updates?


Rabbits07 - December 3rd, 2006 11:10 AM

My youngest daughter had it at 8 weeks and was hospitalized. She ended up having to have her lungs catheterized and was put in ICU. Then my next baby got it at 4 weeks old, but faired very well without having to be hospitalized...BUT I was still very paranoid when I had him because he was born in Feb. (peak RSV season) and at the first sign of congestion I started doing chest percussion treatments on him and took him to the doctor straight away.....then the RSV was confirmed there. He did not get anywhere near as ill as my daughter had been. I do agree with everyone else that your little one should definitely be monitored very closely because RSV is so dangerous. I can also tell you that it tends to be at it's worst on day 5 from the first day she became symptomatic. That is because it is typically on day 5 that all the mucosal secretions that have been coating the entire respiratory tract loosen and begin dropping into the lungs at a fast rate...that is why my dd's lungs had to be catheterized because it happened so quickly and there was so much that it literally was suffocating her. I was terrified when my second one got it and would have felt much better if he had been in the hospital, but our insurance did not deem it medically necessary since he had no complications and would not pay for it. Thankfully as I said before he did very well even though he was even younger than dd when she had it. I hope everything goes okay for your dd.

Brenda M - December 3rd, 2006 3:35 PM would a person distinguish between a regular chest cold and something more serious? It seems so scary!

Rabbits07 - December 4th, 2006 2:12 PM

BrendaM, I think is one reason that complications occur from RSV because it is so hard to tell the difference. In the case of my dd having it she had already been congested for 3 days (started on a Friday)...I didn't think a whole lot of it was Feb. and I thought she just had a little sniffle...I had never even heard of RSV at that time. By Sunday evening she started running a fever a little over 100F and was having coughing spells so bad that I took her to the ER. There they did the nasal swab and found out she had the RSV. She was hospitalized immediately and then transported 2 days later to a larger hospital's ICU about 75-80 miles from here. She was in really bad shape and I thank God she is still with us today especially since I had no idea what we were dealing with. When my son got sick it was different. First, I was aware of what RSV was and was super paranoid about it, too. I took little cans of Lysol (which incidently I can't find in the stores anymore) everywhere I went and hand snaitizer. I had went and seen my mom at work and she took him in the back for some of her co-workers to see. I gave her strict instructions that they were to look and NOT touch. She brought him back out and said no one touched him. The next day she called me crying because her boss' had a set of twins that he came in and announced were put in the hospital that morning with RSV and she admitted that she had let her boss hold ds. So, a day or so later when ds started getting sniffly and congested, RSV was my first suspicion. I took him to the dr. immediately and let him know that he had been exposed to RSV and they did the nasal swab which was positive. We were sent home and told to start the chest percussion treatments. At the first sign of any trouble breathing or uncontrollabve cough we were to go straight to ER. I was lucky enough with the second one to know what he had been exposed to and had a head start in treating the most complicative part of RSV which is when the mucos drops into the lungs. I am still paranoid about it when I have babies and if Mason were to present with cold symptoms right now, with it being RSV season, I would ask the doctor if he had seen any cases of RSV and ask for a swab.

Brenda M - December 4th, 2006 4:58 PM

Thanks so much for your story...your poor babies! How horrible both incidents must have been for you. My little guy had a cold this weekend but it seems to be clearing up now. He's also older, and I'm not even sure if the RSV affects older kids (five months). Thanks again!

Rabbits07 - December 9th, 2006 7:49 AM



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