RSV is a common viral infection in children younger than two. It is not usually a cause of concern, as they often develop cold-like symptoms that typically pass within 1-2 weeks.
However, it pays to be diligent, and it’s essential to know what to look out for if things become more severe and when to call a health professional.
What is a Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection?
An RSV infection is a common respiratory virus affecting most children at some point. We generally see mild cold-like symptoms in infants, whereas older children may develop a cold or cough. RSV commonly affects the nose, throat and lungs.
As with any virus, there are times when complications can arise and when RSV can become more severe. Premature infants and those under six months are at a high risk of developing a more severe case of the virus, and children born with pre-existing health conditions, such as heart or lung diseases or a weak immune system.
Causes of RSV
Respiratory Syncytial Virus is highly contagious. An infection can occur due to physical contact with someone currently infected with the virus or by touching a contaminated area. The virus can remain on surfaces for several hours, such as door handles, counters, tables and unwashed hands.
Although RSV infection can occur at any time, past years have indicated that September to March is the most common time of the year for RSV activity in Florida. Prevention can come from reasonable sanitary procedures, such as washing hands to kill germs and catching coughs and sneezing with tissues before disposing of them.
RSV Symptoms for Babies
As previously mentioned, most cases of the respiratory syncytial virus in babies are relatively mild, resembling that of the common cold, and include:
- Runny nose
- Mild fever
However, symptoms that may indicate a more severe RSV activity in high-risk children include:
- Severe cough
- Strong Fever
- Trouble breathing (rapid or difficult)
If your child or infant shows any symptoms of severe RSV, you should contact a doctor immediately, as serious RSV infections can sometimes lead to viral pneumonia.
Most often, the respiratory syncytial virus will be mild and resolve itself in around 1-2 weeks. However, if the symptoms persist or your child shows signs of severe infection, you should bring your child in for a diagnosis before complications arise.
We will test whether RSV is the cause and if further action is needed. If so, we will discuss the best course of action.
RSV Infections Prevention
The risk of RSV in babies, although common, can be lowered with several prevention techniques, such as:
- If your baby is a high risk, limit their interaction with other children during Florida’s RSV season.
- Keep your baby away from crowded areas during this time.
- Ensure you and others properly wash your hands before handling your baby.
- Do not let those with cold symptoms near your baby.
If your child is at extremely high risk, then further prevention methods can be taken in the form of medicine. However, specific criteria must be met to be eligible for this, and it is best to check with your doctor first.
What is the cost of
RSV treatment costs will fluctuate on a case-by-case basis depending on the tests required, the severity of the case and the decided-upon treatment plan.
However, we do strive to keep our prices affordable to all.
RSV care near me
We are available seven days a week at Night Lite Pediatrics, accommodating walk-ins and same-day appointments. If you are wondering where to find a specialist, you can contact us at any of our 13 Florida branches listed below:
- John Young Pkwy, FL
- Orlando, FL
- East Orlando, FL
- Apopka, FL
- Winter Garden, FL
- Kissimmee, FL
- Oviedo, FL
- Lake Mary, FL
- Cloud Kissimmee, FL
- West Melbourne, FL
- Port St. Lucie, FL
- Mandarin Jacksonville, FL
- South Side Jacksonville, FL
We also offer Telemedicine appointments for those who cannot make it into the clinic.
As a parent, it is common to have questions about any illness that could affect your infants.
Below you can find a list of common questions and answers regarding RSV.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a respiratory infection that affects most children. It is usually mild and shows symptoms similar to the common cold; however, it can be more severe in high-risk infants.
RSV is very common in young children, especially those under two. Although usually mild, those with health issues or those under six months are more at risk.
RSV season runs during the colder months, from Fall through to Spring, specifically from September to March. Therefore, it is the most prevalent during this time. However, it can still be contracted at other times of the year.
Most often, an infant with RSV will recover within 5-7 days without needing medical attention. However, high-risk children may develop a more severe RSV in some cases. Therefore it’s essential to spot the signs and contact a doctor immediately if you are concerned for your child’s wellbeing.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.
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