Explainer: What is RSV, its symptoms and its cure?

Explainer: What is RSV, its symptoms and its cure?

- Respiratory syncytial virus (RVS) is a common infection among all the babies especially the newborns

- It can be transmitted through kissing the baby

- RSV can be very deadly to the babies since they still have a fragile immune system

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Babies are cute, indeed. However, it could not be healthy to kiss these adorable little creatures, most especially when they are newborn. Why is that? Babies still have a very fragile immune system. They can easily acquire germs from adults and their immune system might not be able to fight against the virus or bad bacteria. What could make it worst is for babies to accumulate an infection like respiratory syncytial virus (RVS) which could be very harmful for them.

What is RSV?

As reported by the Asian Parent, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is common infection to newborn babies or young children. It is so common that almost every child has been infected by RVS when they reach the age of two. This virus affects the respiratory system of the babies and it can lead to bronchiolitis and pneumonia which are both dangerous for the baby.

RSV is also contagious and the virus can spread through coughs or sneezes as stated in the report by Kids Health. It can be accumulated from home or even at school. Most affected by this virus are the premature babies, newborns, kids below 2 years old that have weak immune system or with lung or heart conditions.

Explainer: What is RSV, its symptoms and its cure?
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What are the symptoms of RSV?

For babies under six months old, they might experience some irritability, loss of appetite, decreased activity and interruptions in between breaths. Babies could also develop coughs and have a runny nose. Usually, the symptoms will last for one to two weeks.

When to consult a doctor?

It is pretty much important to consult the doctor once the symptoms are visible. The babies could have fever, worsening cough and might have a hard time breathing as well.

Medical attention is needed for those babies who no longer want to drink milk, show signs of dehydration such as no more tears when they cry or they have dry skin. It should also be observed when they experience irritability and produce yellow-ish or green-ish mucus.

Explainer: What is RSV, its symptoms and its cure?
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What are treatment for RSV?

Most cases of RSV require no treatment at all. However, for some instances, it is important to make the baby comfortable and remain hydrated. Some cases may require for the babies to be observed at the hospital. As stated by The Asian Parent, there is no specific treatment yet for the virus itself. Therefore, only the symptoms can be cured.

For some remedies at home, cool-mist vaporizer might help. Do not use hot-water or steam humidifiers. If the kid cannot blow his/her nose yet, nasal aspirator could be used to remove nasal fluids.

How to prevent RSV?

There still no vaccines available to prevent RSV. However, to prevent it, washing or sanitizing the hands of anyone who will be holding the baby can be really helpful. It is also necessary for visitors not to kiss your baby. Avoid being near the baby when you have cold. The babies should be kept away from the crowd and should not inhale smoke. Always ensure the cleanliness of the surroundings. Lastly, it is important to keep the babies hydrated at all times.

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