Respiratory Syncytial Virus

RSV by Mikhayla Perry

RSV is a highly contagious virus that infects the respiratory tract of children. For most it just causes a cold, but for some, the virus can be serious. It can cause bronchiolitis, or pneumonia. Those most at risk for severe infection would be premature infants, those with heart or lung diseases, those with weak immune systems, or children under 10 weeks old.

RSV Treatments

Palivizumab can help prevent serious RSV complications. But there is no treatment for RSV itself. At home treatments consist of keep nasal passages clean of fluids, and using a cool mist vaporizer to make breathing easier. Also by having the infant drink small amount of fluids throughout the day, and giving non aspirin fever reducers.

For babies that experience more severe complications they may need hospital treatment for oxygen, IV fluids, and medications to open airways.