What is Respiratory Syncytial Virus and how to avoid it Part 4

When should I call my child’s healthcare provider?


Call the healthcare provider if your child has:

Symptoms that don’t get better, or get worse
New symptoms
Key points about RSV in children
RSV is a viral illness that causes trouble breathing. It is more common in winter and early spring months.
Most babies have been infected at least once by the time they are 2 years old. Babies can also be re-infected with the virus. Infection can happen again anytime throughout life.
Treatment for RSV may include extra oxygen. This is extra oxygen given through a mask, nasal prongs, or an oxygen tent. A child who is very ill may need to be put on a breathing machine (ventilator) to help with breathing
In high-risk babies, RSV can lead to severe respiratory illness and pneumonia. This may become life-threatening. RSV as a baby may be linked to asthma later in childhood.
Babies at high risk for RSV receive a medicine called palivizumab. Ask your child’s healthcare provider if your child is at high risk for RSV.