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Old 10-23-2003, 11:45 AM   #1
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Has anyone had any dealings with it?? I just got a call that my baby cousin has been taken to the hospital with it. Just checking to see what everyone has to say about it.
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Old 10-23-2003, 09:00 PM   #2
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i dunno what that is,lol.should i?some one wanna tell me?
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Well, come to find out he doesn't have it. RSV is a respiratory virus that babies get.
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From the RSVprotection website!!

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is the leading cause of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children.

Approximately two-thirds of infants are infected with RSV during the first year of life and almost 100% have been infected by age two. Most of these RSV infections cause minor upper respiratory illness. However, in certain high-risk pediatric patients, RSV infection may cause serious lower respiratory tract disease.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a very common virus that affects nearly all adults and children.
In most adults and children, RSV causes cold-like symptoms and most RSV infections go away in a few days.

However, in infants and children born prematurely (35 weeks gestation or less), RSV can cause very serious respiratory tract disease. Children born prematurely often have underdeveloped lungs and many have not received enough antibodies from their mother to help them fight off RSV disease once they have been exposed to it. High-risk children who are infected with RSV disease often need to be hospitalized.

Children are considered to be at high-risk of developing RSV disease if they are born prematurely (35 weeks gestation or less) or if they have pre-existing lung disease.

Other factors that can cause premature children to be at increased risk of developing RSV disease include:

Infant placed in daycare
Crowded household (more than 4 people in the home)
School age brothers and sisters
Exposure to tobacco smoke
Multiple births (such as twins)
Male sex
Not breast feeding
RSV disease occurs most often during the months from Fall through Spring in the United States.

Parents of prematurely born children (35 weeks gestation or less), and babies with preexisting lung disease, need to understand the symptoms and risks of RSV disease and, most importantly, how to prevent serious RSV disease from occurring in their infants and young children.
How serious is RSV disease?

RSV disease can be very serious and may even cause death. Each year more than 125,000 children are hospitalized in the United States with RSV disease, and approximately 2% of these children die. Additionally, RSV disease may lead to other respiratory disorders such as wheezing.

What are the symptoms of RSV disease?

The symptoms of RSV are similar to a cold at first, and can include some or all of the following symptoms:

Fever
Runny nose
Other cold-like symptoms
More serious symptoms include:
Coughing
Difficult breathing
Rapid breathing
Wheezing
RSV disease may progress very quickly, so it is very important to take all precautions and to consult your physician or pediatrician at the earliest onset of RSV symptoms. Serious RSV disease can lead to hospitalization and even death in high-risk infants.
Is RSV disease contagious?

RSV disease is highly contagious and very easy to catch. The virus is spread by physical contact such as touching, kissing, or any close contact with an infected person. RSV can live from 4 to 7 hours on a contaminated surface such as a countertop, table, or play pen. It is important to take steps to prevent your baby from being exposed to RSV disease.

There are several things you can do to help prevent your child from getting RSV disease.

Keep in mind that RSV is highly contagious and that virtually all children get RSV disease within the first two years of life. Full term infants and children usually show signs of a mild cold when they have RSV disease. Premature infants (35 weeks gestation or less), and those with preexisting lung disease, are more likely to need hospitalization if they get RSV disease, so prevention of RSV disease is very important in these high-risk infants and children.

Parents of high-risk children should follow these steps to help the baby stay free of RSV:

Always wash your hands with warm water and soap directly before touching your baby, and make certain that relatives and other care-givers do the same.
Stay away from your baby if you have a cold or a fever.
Try to keep older brothers and sisters away from the baby as much as possible, especially if they have a runny nose, cold or fever.
Do not take the baby out to crowded areas such as shopping centers.
Do not smoke around the baby.
Infants at high risk may require medication to help prevent serious RSV disease. Risk factors include:
Premature birth, especially if the child has lung disease
If the child is in daycare
Young age
Born within 6 months of the RSV season (birthday in April or later)
Heart disease
School age brothers and sisters
If the child has a twin
Lack of breast-feeding
Smoker in the household
Male sex
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