Respiratory Syncytial

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Respiratory Syncytial

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): what you need to knowBy, Madeline JensenEEC 2732 Jennings

What is RSV?-Most common cause of Bronchitis & Pneumonia in ifants and small children-Most common in winter & spring in communities such as daycare centers, schools, neighborhoods, etc.-Most commonly spread by close contact with infected people and interaction with contaminated objects-Sometimes airborn

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Who is at risk & why is RSV a concern for parents?-Premies & babies with other disease (heart, lung, etc.) are at risk of developing Pneumonia which could be life threatening-Most common in babies ages 2 to 8 months-Recurrence is common-May indicate the development of Asthma later in life

Diagnosis & Treatment

Symptoms of RSV:-Fever-Cough-Wheezing-Rapid breathing-Retractions of the chest-Poor feeding-Runny Nose-Apnea

-Can be hard to diagnose because symptomsmay resemble other illnesses-Illness in family members, other chidlren andtime of year may provide clues-May also do a physical examination & nasal swab-No medications to treat the virus itself-Treatment of the effects of RSV is necessary-Supplemental oxygen, IV fluids, tube feeding,medications or inhalers to help breathing

How to Prevent RSV

-Babies at high risk for RSV should recieve the medication Palivzumab to reduce theirrisk (usually given monthly, monoclonal antibody)-All those in contact with your baby shouldwash hands thoroughly before touching orholding-Keep your baby away from tobacco smokeand crowded areas like malls-Beginning at 6 months, vaccinate your child each your for the Flu


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