RSV in infants shows up just like common cold and can hardly be differentiated from it. Majority of the children infected from RSV get over it without any difficulties but a few require intensive treatment. A study shows that more than 125,000 children in the United States are admitted in hospitals for treatment from complications due to RSV. RSV infection is one main cause for frequent hospitalization of children below one year of age. RSV can attack adults too. Often premature infants and babies born with lung or heart problems are more susceptible to RSV infection.
What is RSV in infants ?
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is a common virus that usually strikes children by the time they are two years of age. Many a times it cannot be differentiated from the common cold. RSV usually shows up as a cold. RSV is the most common reason for severe lower respiratory tract infections in children below the age of one year. RSV leads to a mild respiratory infection accompanied with stuffy nose, discharge, cough and at times mild ear infection. The condition is self limiting and lasts up to a week or ten days. Severe infections of RSV can lead to asthma and wheezing problems in children.
Who is at risk of developing RSV ?
Infants below the age of six months are highly prone to RSV as their lungs are yet to fully develop. Infants in the following categories are more likely to develop acute RSV infections:
Symptoms of RSV
Treatment options for RSV
RSV infection if severe spreads very quickly and requires immediate care. Various treatment options offered for RSV:
Keep your baby comfortable during RSV infection
Prevention of RSV