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RSV is a common and very contagious virus that infects the respiratory tract of most children before their 2nd birthday! For most babies and young children, the infection causes nothing more than just a cold. But for a very percentage, infection with RSV can lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening problems such as pneumonia or bronchiolitis, and inflammation if the small airways of the lungs.
RSV infection can cause symptoms, including a cough and runny nose, usually lasts approx. 1 to 2 weeks.
When to see a doctor: Call our Pediatrician or setup appointment with Pediatrics Healthcare Associates if you notice any of the following RSV symptoms:
Wheezing noise when they breathe
Being unusually upset or inactive
Cough with yellow, green, or gray mucus
Pauses in their breaths or difficulty breathing
Refusing to bottle-feed or breast-feed
Look for signs of dehydration including lack of tears when crying, little or no urine in their diaper for 6 hours, and dry skin
If your infant or toddler is very tired, breathes rapidly, or has a blue tint to their lips call 911 or go to the ER immediately.
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