Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

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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:


1. Low-grade fever. 2. Runny nose. 3. Dry cough. 4. Sore throat. 5. 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?


How can I protect my child?

RSV is spread easily through sneezing, coughing, or by touching something that might have the virus on it.

1. Wash your hands often and ask others to do the same.

2. Avoid crowds and other young children, especially those with a cold or fever.

3. Keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean.

4. Don’t let anyone smoke in your home or near your baby.

Child Massage

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