Should I Be Worried About My Children Getting RSV This Winter?

December 4, 2022

Parent touching little girl’s forehead because she recently tested positive for RSV

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common virus that causes cold-like symptoms. It’s most harmful to infants and younger children because they’re still developing their immune systems. It can also affect adults and individuals with multiple comorbidities.  

With the recent outbreak of RSV cases, some of you are probably worried about your infants or grandparents getting it. Afterall, there is more than just RSV going around. Thankfully, AFC Urgent Care Dedham is here to brush up your knowledge on RSV, so that you can avoid it altogether! 

What is Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and how do I know If I have it?

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that causes inflammation and infections in the lungs. RSV is common among infants, children, and young adults, especially during cold and flu season.


Among infants, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs). RSV can easily spread through droplets when someone coughs or sneezes nearby. It can also be found in saliva and nasal secretions. 


You will know if you have RSV if you have these symptoms..

Symptoms Of RSV:

  • Fever

  • Runny nose

  • Congestion

  • Watery eyes

  • Hoarse voice 

  • Sneezing

  • Coughing

  • Difficulty breathing


How to prevent RSV in infants and children

Tis the season to get sick! Think about how many family gatherings, holiday shopping and places you and your family are going to go to this season. December is notorious for spreading germs and illnesses. If you’re concerned about getting your child or relative sick here are some tips to avoid RSV:


  • Good hygiene - Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and teach your child to do the same. 

  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes after you’ve been in contact with other people, including your infant. Immune-boosting foods 


How to treat your infant or child with RSV at-home


If all else fails, then it’s time to prepare with some at-home remedies to alleviate symptoms of RSV. Some things you can try are:


  • Using Humidifiers

  • Taking OTC medication to lessen the severity of symptoms

  • Hydration


In more severe cases, you may have to take your child or relative to the ER because “difficulty breathing” is not a symptom to ignore or take lightly. 


AFC Urgent Care Dedham Is Here For You 7 Days A Week

Can’t get an appointment with your primary care doctor? You can walk-in or make an appointment with us any day of the week! AFC Urgent Care Dedham is open 7 days a week with extended hours and weekend hours making it convenient for your schedule.

If you have not already…GET YOUR FLU SHOT! We also offer COVID testing so that you can have peace of mind this holiday season. 

AFC in Dedham hopes you have a happy, safe and healthy holiday!

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