Contributions by: Ashton Thornton, RN, BScN
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) has begun to hit daycares and preschools nationwide. Though most cases of RSV are mild, it can be hazardous for young children. Here is some more information about the virus so you can help prevent an RSV outbreak in your household and help your child. If you’re worried your child might have RSV, join Kix360° and talk to a KixNurse today!
What is RSV?
RSV is a massive cause of respiratory illness in children. Usually, RSV causes a common cold, but occasionally it infects the lungs and the breathing passages, and in some cases, it can cause breathing problems in young children and babies.
What are the symptoms of RSV?
The symptoms are RSV are similar to the common cold. If your child has RSV, they may experience the following:
- A runny nose
- A Fever
- A Cough
- Loss of appetite
- A sore throat
In some cases, RSV can also cause:
If your child is showing signs of shortness of breath or increased work of breathing, dehydration, or is lethargic, you should immediately take them to the emergency.
How is RSV treated?
Most cases of RSV are mild and supported at home. If your child has mild RSV, make sure to:
- Make them as comfortable as possible
- Give them plenty of time to rest and recover
- Offer them lots of clear fluids
If your child’s RSV is more severe, they may need to stay in the hospital so that the doctors and nurses can monitor your little one’s breathing and ensure they are staying hydrated.
Can RSV be prevented?
Yes. RSV is incredibly contagious and spread by contamination of surfaces. Make sure you and your family wash your hands regularly to prevent infection.
Sadly, there is no routine vaccine for RSV, but getting your little ones vaccinated against COVID-19 and Influenza is strongly recommended to keep your children safe during the viral season.