Being a parent isn’t an easy job, and it’s obvious that you are worried about your child’s health. A child, especially who is yet to reach the stage of being able to express pain and discomfort clearly, is the most delicate. Here’s one such problem they might face and find it difficult to tell you what they’re feeling like. RSV – Respiratory syncytial virus.
Respiratory problems in children have risen in the past decade, and has been on the rise ever since. RSV is one such virus that many children usually are affected with, mostly before the age of two. It is a very contagious virus that affects the respiratory tract of very young children. Although it isn’t a serious condition, if timely treatment is missed, it can lead to pneumonia, and bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways of the lungs), which are serious conditions for very young babies.
So let’s look into the nitty gritties of what RSV is, and what respiratory syncytial virus symptoms in babies are like.
In most cases, respiratory syncytial virus symptoms in babies is nothing more than just a bad or a severe cold. respiratory syncytial virus symptoms in babies are most common in babies who:
- Are born preterm
- Are under the age of two, and were born with a lung or heart disease
- Who have very delicate immune system due to illness and medications
- Who have neurovascular disorders
(Respiratory syncytial virus) RVS Symptoms in Babies
The main respiratory syncytial virus symptoms in babies start with regular cold, runny nose and cough which generally lasts for a maximum of 1-2 weeks. If the cold worsens, that’s when you need to call your pediatrician for help. You must not ignore the following respiratory syncytial virus symptoms in babies:
- If your baby is facing problems with breathing
- If your baby has severe cough that has yellowish-green coloured flem or mucus
- If your baby shows signs of dehydration
- If your baby is cranky and refuses to bottle fed
- If your baby is inactive, irritated and upset (infants usually cry nonstop in such cases due to discomfort)
- If your baby is suffering from apnea (pauses breathing during sleep)
- Sore throat
- Breathing much faster than normal and feeling breathless
So here’s your to do list if your child is showing up with respiratory syncytial virus symptoms:
- Use a vaporizer during the winter months clean the vaporizer regularly.
- Give your baby plenty of fluids to keep dehydration at bay.
- Speak to your pediatrician to get the right medication for your baby.
- Do not give aspirin to our child as it can impact the baby’s liver and brain.
- Clean your baby’s nose with a nasal aspirator.
- Have your child sit up to help him breathe better.
- Do not allow anyone to smoke in and around your child as smoking aggravates respiratory syncytial symptoms in babies.
- Avoid steam and hot water humidifiers because the hot steam can cause burning sensation in the baby’s lungs.
Seeing a doctor for respiratory syncytial virus (RVS) Symptoms in Babies
Consulting your pediatrician is the most important of all the preventive measures if you feel your baby has a tendency to face RVS symptoms. The pediatrician will examine your child and probably ask you a few questions. They listen to your baby’s lungs through a stethoscope to check if there are any crackling sounds which indicate there is infection. In some cases, there might be a requirement for an X-ray.
If your baby has very severe RSV symptoms, your doctor might recommend you some medications that help in opening up the clogged lung airway of your child’s lungs.
Preventing respiratory syncytial virus (RVS) symptoms in babies
Since RVS is quite a contagious health condition in children, it’s always better to be cautious and keep them at a distance from other children who might either have bronchitis, and other infections.
Washing your hands with a good disinfectant before handling your baby is imperative.
Last but not the least, preventing syncytial virus symptoms in babies is vital, and for that, it is even more important that you maintain extra hygiene in your surroundings.
About the hospital
Ankura Hospitals is a chain of Children Hospital in Hyderabad. Set up in the year 2011 in KPHB, near Hitech Railway Station, the Ankura Hospitals family has today spread its wings to Secunderabad, Khammam and Vijayawada.