What is Respiratory Syncytial Virus and how to avoid it Part 3

What are possible complications of RSV in a child?
In high-risk babies, RSV can lead to severe breathing illness and pneumonia. This may become life-threatening. RSV as a baby may be linked to asthma later in childhood.

How can I help prevent RSV in my child?


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies at high risk for RSV get a medicine called palivizumab. Ask your child’s healthcare provider if your child is at high risk for RSV. If so, ask about monthly injections during RSV season to help prevent infection.

To reduce the risk for RSV, the AAP recommends all babies, especially preterm infants:

Be breastfed
Be protected from contact with smoke
Not go to childcare with lots of children during their first winter season
Not have contact with sick people
Also make sure that household members wash their hands or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner before and after touching a baby with RSV.