How Can I Tell if My Baby Has a Severe RSV Infection?

November 3, 2023

The thought of your baby contracting RSV can be an overwhelming concept for many new parents. You’ve read all the information and heard all the scary stories, and it be all-consuming every time your baby spikes a fever or coughs.

While it is important to remember that not all RSV infections become severe, knowing what to look for can help you stay in control and get help when you need it.

Our AFC Urgent Care Statesville team explains more about this potentially dangerous infection below, so read on to learn more.

How Do Children Contract RSV?

Just like any other viral illness, RSV can spread quickly through populations that spend a lot of time close together. If your child is school-aged or goes to daycare, his or her chances of experiencing an RSV infection are increased. Little kids aren’t known for their best health practices, so a single uncovered cough or sneeze can easily infect multiple other children.

Your child could also get RSV if he or she comes into direct contact with it by putting an infected toy in his or her mouth or by getting kissed on the face by a loving friend or family member. The virus can quickly settle into your baby’s respiratory tract and spread.

Common Symptoms Associated With RSV

  • Fever
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Shallow breathing
  • Cough
  • Muscle or body aches

Is RSV Dangerous for Every Baby?

RSV is an upper respiratory infection, meaning that it grows and spreads in a child’s breathing passages and airways. Any sort of inflammation in this area can be dangerous because children’s airways are so small compared to ours! Even just a minimal amount of inflammation can make it harder for your child to take a full breath or breathe normally.

RSV has the potential to be dangerous to any newborn or infant, but that doesn’t mean it will happen. There are hundreds of thousands of RSV cases every year in the United States, and the vast majority make full recoveries without complications. However, learning the signs of respiratory distress can help you take action faster if you notice any breathing issues with your child.

Respiratory Distress Red Flags

  • Shallow breathing or chest contractions
  • A high fever that won’t go away
  • Blue skin or fingernails
  • Loss of consciousness

If you aren’t feeling well, we can help. Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Statesville.

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