How do I know if my baby has RSV?

RSV infection can cause cold-like symptoms, including a cough and runny nose, which usually last 1 to 2 weeks. When to see a doctor: Call your baby’s doctor if you notice any of the following RSV symptoms: A high-pitched whistling or wheezing noise when they breathe.

When should I take my baby to the hospital for RSV?

But in some infants, RSV can be very serious.

Call your child’s doctor if any of these things occur:

  • Fever over 101ºF axillary (under the arm)
  • Cough that lasts more than 4 days.
  • Thick mucus from the nose or mouth that is yellow, green or gray.
  • Chest pain or trouble breathing.
  • Blue or gray color of lips, skin or fingernails.

How long will my baby have RSV?

While an infection usually lasts about a week, some cases may last several weeks. RSV can spread rapidly through schools and childcare centers. Babies often get it when older kids carry the virus home from school and pass it to them. Almost all kids are infected with RSV at least once by the time they’re 2 years old.

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How long is RSV contagious for?

People infected with RSV are usually contagious for 3 to 8 days. However, some infants, and people with weakened immune systems, can continue to spread the virus even after they stop showing symptoms, for as long as 4 weeks.

Should a baby with RSV be hospitalized?

Healthy adults and infants infected with RSV do not usually need to be hospitalized. But some people with RSV infection, especially older adults and infants younger than 6 months of age, may need to be hospitalized if they are having trouble breathing or are dehydrated.

What is the treatment for RSV in babies?

RSV Treatments

Most babies and young children can be cared for at home: Remove sticky nasal fluids with a bulb syringe and saline drops. Use a cool-mist vaporizer to keep the air moist and make breathing easier. Give your little one fluids in small amounts throughout the day.

What does RSV sound like in babies?

Children with RSV typically have two to four days of upper respiratory tract symptoms, such as fever and runny nose/congestion. These are then followed by lower respiratory tract symptoms, like increasing cough that sounds wet and forceful, wheezing and increased work breathing.

What months are RSV season?

RSV season varies according to region, but in most areas, it begins in October and runs through April. You can find out when RSV season is where you live by visiting the Centers for Disease Control’s RSV Surveillance website.

How long does it take for RSV to go away?

This virus occurs in the late fall through early spring months. Typically, RSV causes a cold, which may be followed by bronchiolitis or pneumonia. Symptoms generally last an average of 5-7 days.

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Can adults pass RSV to babies?

In most cases, you can take care of your child with RSV at home as long as they are breathing comfortably, their skin does not look blue and they are drinking and peeing as usual. The infection usually lasts a few days. In healthy adults, RSV is often not serious. But adults can pass the virus to children.

How long does RSV live on surfaces?

RSV is spread by direct or close contact with mouth or nose secretions. The virus can live on surfaces for many hours and for 30 minutes or more on hands.

Is RSV worse than flu?

Study results suggest flu may cause more severe illness than RSV in older adults. That’s based on two key points: People with RSV delayed seeking treatment after the onset of illness more than patients with flu. Fewer RSV patients were hospitalized within 30 days compared to those with flu.

Is RSV airborne or droplet?

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of morbidity in both children and adults. Infection control practices have assumed that RSV spreads principally via exposure to large droplets of virus-containing fluids and contact with contaminated surfaces.

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