The Flu and RSV are going around this week. Both viruses can be extremely dangerous for babies. Influenza A and B cause a heavy wet cough, extreme fatigue, aches, pains, fever and headache. Symptoms need to be treated with Tylenol and Motrin, along with fluids and rest.
It's still not too late to get a flu shot. Especially for infant and toddlers as the flue can be twice as severe in younger children. The flu mist is not recommended this year, as it was found to be ineffective.
The other virus going around is called RSV or respiratory syncytial virus. This has a very distinct cough that rattles, along with extreme nasal congestion, and high fever. This can be very serious in children under 12 months and they need to be monitored very closely for difficulties in breathing. Infants often need to spend time in the hospital if they contract this virus.