Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Information on RSV

Many moms have never heard of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a potentially serious virus that nearly all babies contract by their second birthday. In most children, symptoms are similar to a cold or flu, but certain babies–especially preemies, who have underdeveloped lungs and immature immune systems–are at increased risk of developing a serious infection from RSV.
You should carefully monitor your baby for warning signs, including: severe cough or wheezing; difficulty breathing; blue color around the mouth and/or fingernails; difficulty feeding; fever; and fatigue. Help protect your baby from RSV disease by frequently washing hands, toys, and bedding–and avoiding crowds and people who are sick.
RSV is most common during winter, but the "RSV season" varies by geography. Ask your pediatrician when RSV is common in your area and if your baby is at risk for RSV disease.
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