When the issue is more than just a cold
What is RSV?
RSV is a very common respiratory
virus. At first, symptoms of an RSV infection may resemble those of a cold and may include:
– Low-grade fever
– Runny nose
– Dry cough
– Sore throat
– Mild headache
Is my baby at risk?
Children born prematurely or with certain lung or heart problems have a greater risk of getting a more serious RSV infection. What conditions cause a higher risk for
serious RSV infections?
– Babies born prematurely
– Children with certain types of chronic lung problems
– Children with certain types of heart problems
How can I protect my child?
RSV is spread easily through sneezing, coughing, or by touching something that might have the virus on it.
– Wash your hands often and ask others to do the same
– Avoid crowds and other young children, especially those with a cold or fever
– Keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean
– Don’t let anyone smoke in your home or near your baby
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