When should I be worried about RSV?

Almost all children will have had an RSV infection by their second birthday. Call your healthcare professional if you or your child is having difficulty breathing, not drinking enough fluids, or experiencing worsening symptoms.


When should you go to the hospital for RSV?

Seek immediate medical attention or go to the nearest emergency department if you or anyone at risk of severe RSV infection has: Difficulty breathing. High fever. Bluish color to the skin, particularly on the lips and in the nail beds.

When should I take my child to the ER for RSV?

Immediately head to the ER if your baby exhibits any of the following symptoms:
  1. Dehydration (decrease in wet diapers)
  2. Difficult, labored, shallow or rapid breathing.
  3. High fever.
  4. Lethargy.
  5. Skin turning blue (especially lips and fingernails)
  6. Unresponsiveness.


How long is RSV a concern?

People infected with RSV are usually contagious for 3 to 8 days and may become contagious a day or two before they start showing signs of illness. 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.

What should I watch for RSV?

RSV Symptoms and Treatment
  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Congestion.
  • Sneezing.
  • Runny nose.
  • Fussiness.
  • Decreased appetite.


Know the Signs of RSV: Help Keep Your Baby Out of the Hospital



What is the fastest way to cure RSV?

At-home treatment includes:
  1. Removing sticky nasal fluids with a bulb syringe using saline drops.
  2. Using a cool-mist vaporizer to keep the air moist and make breathing easier.
  3. Providing fluids in small amounts frequently through the day.
  4. Giving non-aspirin fever-reducers such as acetaminophen.


What does a RSV cough sound like?

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 wheezing cough that sounds wet and forceful with increased work breathing.

What happens if RSV is left untreated?

What if RSV goes untreated? For most healthy infants without a heart or lung condition, RSV is similar to the common cold. In children with a weaker immune system, untreated RSV can cause pneumonia or bronchiolitis (swelling of the smaller airways in the lungs). Sometimes these children have to stay in the hospital.


What are the stages of RSV?

Symptoms start about 2 to 5 days after contact with the virus. The early phase of RSV in babies and young children is often mild, like a cold. In children younger than age 3, the illness may move into the lungs and cause coughing and wheezing. In some children, the infection turns to a severe respiratory disease.

When does RSV peak?

“Usually, one virus dominates at a time,” notes Jennifer L. Lighter, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and hospital epidemiologist at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone. RSV cases in the United States typically peak in late December to mid-February.

Should I be worried about RSV in my child?

Severe RSV Infection

One to two out of every 100 children younger than 6 months of age with RSV infection may need to be hospitalized. Those who are hospitalized may require oxygen, IV fluids (if they aren't eating and drinking), and/or mechanical ventilation (a machine to help with breathing).


How can I treat my child's RSV at home?

Lifestyle and home remedies
  1. Create moist air to breathe. Keep the room warm but not overheated. ...
  2. Drink fluids. Continue breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your infant as you would normally. ...
  3. Try saline nasal drops. ...
  4. Use over-the-counter pain relievers. ...
  5. Stay away from cigarette smoke.


What age is RSV serious?

The youngest children, typically those under 1 year old, are at risk for severe symptoms of RSV. It can cause infection of their lower respiratory tract.

Does RSV get worse before it gets better?

For most people, RSV infection causes a mild respiratory illness. Symptoms usually begin around 5 days after exposure to the virus and can get worse over the first 3 to 4 days of the illness before an improvement.


How do hospitals treat RSV?

Treatment for RSV may include extra oxygen. This extra oxygen is given through a mask, nasal prongs or an oxygen tent. A child who is very ill may need to be put on a breathing machine (ventilator) to help with breathing. In high-risk babies, RSV can lead to severe respiratory illness and pneumonia.

How do you know RSV is getting worse?

Some children with RSV may be at increased risk of developing a bacterial infection, such as an ear infection. Call your doctor if your child has: Symptoms that worsen or do not start to improve after 7 days. A fever (with a rectal temperature of 100.4°F or higher) and they are younger than 3 months of age (12 weeks).

How long does it take for RSV to run its course?

How long does RSV last? People with mild RSV may have symptoms for 3-8 days, but the virus can linger for several weeks. “A mild cough can linger for a long time, four to eight weeks at times, and can be normal,” Payden said.


What are the first signs of RSV?

Initial signs of RSV are similar to mild cold symptoms, including congestion, runny nose, fever, cough and sore throat. Very young infants may be irritable, fatigued and have breathing difficulties. Normally these symptoms will clear up on their own in a few days.

Do RSV patients need isolation?

BACKGROUND: RSV, spread by contaminated secretions, is an important cause of respiratory illness among children, particularly in winter months. To prevent nosocomial spread, infants and young children with suspected RSV infection should be placed on contact isolation.

How can you prevent RSV from turning into pneumonia?

RSV Prevention
  1. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Avoid close contact, such as kissing, shaking hands, and sharing cups and eating utensils, with others.


Can you recover from RSV at home?

In many cases, parents can safely treat RSV at home.

This may be very scary, especially if you have a child with risk factors. Luckily, most cases of RSV are mild, and you can safely treat them at home. Good at-home care can also help prevent other RSV complications, such as dehydration.

What color is snot with RSV?

seems sick, shows signs of RSV and is less than 6 months of age or at high risk. has thick mucus from the nose or mouth that is yellow, green or gray.

Is RSV cough wet or dry?

In adults and older children, RSV usually causes mild cold-like signs and symptoms. These may include: Congested or runny nose. Dry cough.


How can you tell croup from RSV?

Croup and RSV can lead to excessive coughing, including a barking cough with croup and a low wet cough with RSV. Most children get better within a week, but if your baby or child seems to have difficulty breathing, call your pediatrician, call 911, or go to an emergency room immediately.

Can RSV go away in 3 days?

Most RSV infections go away on their own in a week or two. There is no specific treatment for RSV infection, though researchers are working to develop vaccines and antivirals (medicines that fight viruses).