How can you prevent RSV?


What is Respiratory Synovial Virus (RSV)?

RSV presents itself as a “bad cold”. The problem with babies compared to adults is that we can blow our noses and get rid of the thick mucous that comes with RSV. In babies they can’t get rid of that mucous and it can clog their tiny airway.

RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in babies younger than 1 year. It is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in children. Most children are infected within the first year of life and most all have been infected by age 2!

Infants are a vulnerable population and are at highest risk for hospitalization with the RSV infection. The virus is extremely contagious. RSV season is typically November-April here in Ohio.

How can you help prevent the spread of RSV?

  1. Wash your hands!

  2. Avoid visiting crowded areas, such as the mall, with your little one.

  3. Avoid close contact with sick people

  4. Do not smoke around your baby.

The Center of Disease Control has an infographic to share on protection from RSV!

What are the symptoms of RSV in a baby?

  • great difficulty or fast breathing

  • Excessive wheezing

  • Gray or blue skin color

  • High fever

  • Thick nasal discharge that is yellow, green, or gray

  • Worsening cough

  • Extreme tiredness (especially during times they are normally active)

What do you do if your baby is infected with RSV?

Unfortunately, RSV cannot be treated with antibiotics because it is a virus. So what can you to do help your baby?

  1. Suction using bulb syringe or Nose Frida

  2. Cool mist humidifier (avoid heated humidification)

  3. Treat the fever- talk with your pediatrician about the dose of medication to give your baby

  4. Hydrate with formula or breastmilk, your doctor may recommend an electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte

How long is your baby contagious?

Your baby will be contagious for about three to eight days. Typical recovery is about one to two weeks. Be prepared to take time off work if needed to stay home with your baby.

How can Baby Beginnings LCC help?

Our infant care classes will teach you how to use a bulb suction safely for your infant. We will guide you on when to call your doctor and the signs of dehydration. We want your baby to be safe and for you to gain the confidence to care for not only a healthy baby but also if your baby gets sick.