This week RSV is going around pediatricians offices. Respiratory Syncytial Virus can be very dangerous in babies under 12 months. In adults, the virus can cause bronchitis. Their airways are much bigger and can more easily handle the virus. In small babies the airways are much smaller and can get inflamed and filled with liquid.
Symptoms of RSV include a high fever, a very wet sounding cough and a very runny nose. In small babies, there can be a pronounced difficulty in breathing. You can actually see their lungs and ribs working to breath. In this case they need to get right to a doctor or emergency room. RSV is actually the number one reason for hospitalization for children under the age of one.
Treatment includes a humidifier and saline nasal spray, along Tylenol or Motrin for the fever.