RSV What Do You Know About It

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wantanotheraftertr - February 11

My MIL watches my DS (2 months) and kept a lo that was sick last week. Now my son is sick and DR. says its probably RSV. Since it's a virus theres nothing they can do but let it run it's course. He could end up in the hospital in which case they would test for it for proper diagnosis. How long before it gets bad and how long will he be sick? any info would be helpfull! Thanks in advance


catgiggles - February 11

My ds just got over this. The virus usually takes 9 to 15 days to run its course. He will be the most contagious when his symptoms peak (fever is te hightest). It will be necessary for you to keep e an eye on how your ds is breathing. If you notice retracting in this breathing or labored breathing you will need to take him back asap. It does not mean they will for sure have to hospitalize him but rsv can lead to other secondary infections. The top two being pneumonia (which my ds ended up getting) or bronocolitis (sp?). I hope your little man has a speedy recovery!


wantanotheraftertr - February 11

thanks cat how old is your ds? I hope he is doing better now!


MelissaK - February 12

My 5 month old just got over this. They had to put her a nebulizer (like a vaporizer). She went downhill VERY fast, within hours. We had her at the doc office pretty quick. Doctors are very concerned about this with babies under 8 weeks in particular because the phlegm buildup can block their sinuses and bronchial tubes. So watch your baby carefully - if your doc is any good and HAS diagnosed RSV, they should be scheduling a daily appt. with you until they feel the RSV is on the way out.


J.J. - February 12

RSV is very common in little kids -- I think one statistic suggested that 80-90 percent of kids (including babies) in daycare contract RSV at one time or another, but the vast majority manifest as the common cold. The two previous posters are right. Specific signs of respiratory distress in babies may be any of the following: flared nostrils, shallow rapid breathing (ie, panting), and sunken chest or constriction of the chest. If you see any of these signs, call your dr asap. Nebulizer w/steriods are commonly prescribed but some children under 2 are also hospitalized until their symptoms stabilize. Just try not to worry too much... most cases are not taht serious. And this is the nature of the beast in winter!



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