RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus is a common, contagious virus which infects kids’ respiratory rack before they celebrate their second birthday. For most young kids and babies, this infection causes nothing but a cold. However, a small percentage of young kids experience serious complications like bronchiolitis, which can be life-threatening.
To make sure that your baby is in good health, research on the symptoms of common viruses like RSV. It would also help to prepare a baby emergency kit in case of an emergency. There are a lot of baby carriers, medicine and baby thermometers in Malaysia you can choose from.
Chances of severe infection is greatest for:
- Young children and babies whose immune systems are weakened by medical treatment or illness
- Kids under 8 weeks to 10 weeks old
- Infants born prematurely
- Kids younger than 2 years old who were born with lung or heart disease
RSV infection may cause cold-like symptoms, like runny nose and cough, which typically last for 1 to 2 weeks.
Call your physician if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Refuses to bottle-feed or breastfeed
- Signs of dehydration–little to no urine for over 6 hours, dry, cool skin, and lack of tears
- Trouble breathing
- Cough producing green, yellow or gray mucus
- Unusually inactive or upset
If your child is breathes rapidly very tired or has a blue tint to the fingernails or lips, get medical help immediately.
- Never let anyone smoke around your child.
- Limit the time high-risk young kids and infants stay in day care, specifically from late fall to the early days of spring. This is when RSV is most common.
- Wash your hands often, most especially after contact with an individual who is experiencing cold symptoms.
- Disinfect and clean hard surfaces.
- Only allow people to touch your child after they washed their hands.
- Don’t kiss your child if you have cold symptoms.
- Keep your child away from crowds.
- Use fever-reducers, non-aspirin like as acetaminophen. Check the label and follow all directions carefully.
- Eliminate sticky nasal fluids through a bulb syringe and saline drops
- Keep the air moist using a cool-mist vaporizer, to make breathing a lot easier