What is severe RSV disease?
Severe RSV disease is the number one reason babies under 12 months old have to be admitted to hospitals in the US.
Respiratory syncytial virus (sin-SISH-shul VI-rus), or RSV, is a common, seasonal, and easily spread virus. In fact, nearly all children will get their first RSV infection by age 2.
Some common symptoms of RSV disease include:
- Runny nose
- A fever (especially if it is greater than 100.4°F in infants under 3 months of age)
Some signs and symptoms of severe RSV disease include:
- Coughing or wheezing that does not stop
- Fast or troubled breathing
- A bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
- Spread-out nostrils and/or a caved-in chest when trying to breathe
- Gasping for breath
It's never too early to ask your baby's doctor if your baby is at high risk for severe RSV disease.
Your premature child can be put at risk of catching RSV by things like:
Take simple steps to help protect your baby from RSV.
- Wash your hands before touching your child. Make sure others wash up, too
- Clean toys, crib rails, and any other surfaces your baby might touch
- Try to keep your baby away from crowds. Avoid anyone with a cold or fever
- Don't let anyone smoke near your baby. Tobacco smoke can increase the risk of severe RSV disease