Are All RSV Cases Serious?

November 1, 2022

Are All RSV Cases Serious?

Cold and flu season can seem overwhelming with all of the different illnesses that are circulating about! Even if you are great at washing your hands and avoid touching your face during this time, you are still vulnerable to many different sicknesses.

Included in that list is respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Anyone can get RSV, but it is much more dangerous for the very young and the very old.

If your small child or infant is starting to display some mild cold-like symptoms, keep a careful eye on those symptoms. Read on as our AFC Urgent Care Farragut team shares some other information about RSV.

Why Is RSV Dangerous to Babies?

When a baby contracts RSV, the virus has settled into his or her lungs and breathing passages. Not all cases are serious, and that’s especially true in adults, who may experience only mild symptoms.

However, the danger comes if your baby develops bronchiolitis as a side effect of RSV. Bronchiolitis is an inflammation of the tiny airways within the lungs. Since your baby’s lungs and passageways are so small, any inflammation in that area can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

Signs Your Baby May Have RSV

  • Mild, cold-like symptoms
  • Irritability
  • Decreased appetite
  • Apnea, or pauses when breathing

Is Medical Attention Needed for RSV?

As the mom or dad of your baby, you know them best! You know when he or she is acting differently than normal or showing signs of distress. However, there are some symptoms that should be immediately evaluated in order to keep him or her safe.

Signs of significant illness include if you notice a bluish or gray color to your baby’s skin or lips, if you see any sort of shallow or rapid breathing, or if he or she is having trouble swallowing or drinking. In these instances, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.

How to Keep Your Baby Healthy

  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid kissing your baby on the face if you are sick.
  • Don’t let other people kiss your baby.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Ask people to wash their hands before holding your baby.

RSV should always be taken seriously. If you are concerned about the health of your infant, come visit us right away at AFC Urgent Care Farragut.

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