When should I go to the hospital for RSV?

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.


When is RSV an emergency?

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.

How do you know if RSV is getting worse?

Children may develop additional symptoms over the course of the illness. In infants, RSV may show up in other ways. Your child may be irritable or less active or less hungry than usual. In more severe cases, the infection can lead to trouble breathing, and that is when babies require medical care.


What does RSV labored breathing look like?

Infants with severe RSV will have short, shallow and rapid breathing. This can be identified by "caving-in" of the chest in between the ribs and under the ribs (chest wall retractions), "spreading-out" of the nostrils with every breath (nasal flaring), and abnormally fast breathing.

Should I take my child to urgent care for RSV?

Seek medical help right away if your child has trouble breathing or is breathing very rapidly, is drowsy or has lips or fingernails that look blue. My Urgent Care Clinic is available from 8am to 8pm every day of the week. Walk in patients are welcomed.


When to take your child to the ER



When should I take my child to the ER with 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 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 are 3 major signs of respiratory distress?

Signs of Respiratory Distress
  • Breathing rate. An increase in the number of breaths per minute may mean that a person is having trouble breathing or not getting enough oxygen.
  • Color changes. ...
  • Grunting. ...
  • Nose flaring. ...
  • Retractions. ...
  • Sweating. ...
  • Wheezing. ...
  • Body position.


What should I watch for RSV?

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


What are late signs of respiratory distress?

Learning the signs of respiratory distress
  • Breathing rate. An increase in the number of breaths per minute may indicate that a person is having trouble breathing or not getting enough oxygen.
  • Increased heart rate. ...
  • Color changes. ...
  • Grunting. ...
  • Nose flaring. ...
  • Retractions. ...
  • Sweating. ...
  • Wheezing.


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.


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.

When does RSV become pneumonia?

For instance, if a child develops pneumonia from a cold caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), it takes 4 to 6 days for symptoms to appear; for the flu virus, symptoms start after 18 to 72 hours. Pneumonia caused by bacterial infections can last 1 to 2 weeks with appropriate antibiotics.

What are the last stages of RSV?

What are possible complications of RSV in a child? In high-risk babies, RSV can lead to severe breathing illness and pneumonia. This may become life-threatening. RSV as a baby may be linked to asthma later in childhood.


Is cold air good for RSV?

A significant number of patients have recurrent episodes of bronchiolitis and wheezing, and may develop asthma later in life. Avoidance of exposure to tobacco smoke, cold air and air pollutants is also beneficial to long-term recovery from RSV bronchiolitis.

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 color is mucus with RSV?

Call your child's health care provider if your child: 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.


Do oxygen levels drop with RSV?

The inflammation partially or completely blocks the airways, which causes wheezing (a whistling sound heard as the child breathes out). This means that less oxygen enters the lungs, potentially causing a decrease in the level of oxygen in the blood.

How do you know if your child's oxygen level is low?

Low oxygen levels may cause your child to act very tired and may indicate respiratory fatigue. Body positions. Low oxygen and trouble breathing may force your child to thrust his or head backwards with the nose up in the air (especially if lying down). Or, your child may lean forward while sitting.

What are red flags respiratory complaints?

The following red flags in the history should prompt investigation: New cough lasting over three weeks. Haemoptysis – possible infection (pneumonia, TB, PE) or lung cancer.


How long should toddler stay home with RSV?

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 can you not do with RSV?

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching their face with unwashed hands.
  • Limit the time they spend in childcare centers or other potentially contagious settings during periods of high RSV activity.


What do doctors prescribe for RSV?

There are currently two drugs approved for RSV disease: palivizumab and ribavirin. Palivizumab binds with the protein present in the virus, forming a shield. As a result, they fail to infect human cells. On the other hand, ribavirin, an antiviral agent, prevents the multiplication of the virus.


When should I worry about my child's breathing?

Call 999 now if your child has any of these breathing-related symptoms: Your child is having severe difficulty breathing. Your child is grunting with the effort of trying to breathe, their nostrils may flare in and out and they may be pursing their lips. The muscles under their ribs are sucking in with each breath.

How do you soothe a RSV cough?

If your child is at least a year old, try giving them honey to help relieve their cough. Honey has been shown to work as well as popular over the counter cough medications without the possible side effects. Relieve pain.