What is RSV?
RSV is a respiratory virus also known as respiratory syncytial virus . While it may act as a cold for older children (18 months and older), it can be more serious for newborns and infants.
When should I worry about the symptoms?
RSV can cause wheezing bronchiolitis and dehydration sometimes requiring hospitalization.
How do you get RSV?
Viral illnesses such as RSV spread via droplets, contact with saliva and contaminated surfaces such as doorknobs.
How can I keep my little one from getting RSV?
Avoid close contact with someone that has cold symptoms if you have a newborn. Otherwise handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of viral illnesses.
What is something really specific to RSV that I can recognize at home?
If your infant has a cough accompanied by thick green drainage from the nose, then RSV is a likely culprit.