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Posts Tagged ‘rsv’

RSV Season in Full Swing

Monday, February 28th, 2011

During the next few months, parents are urged to watch for signs of a lung infection that could turn deadly or cause lifelong health problems in their infants. (more…)

Upper Respiratory Viruses

Monday, February 21st, 2011

I have been on call over the last weekend and I am beyond sounding like a broken record as I explain to parent after parent, “we are at the height of upper respiratory season”. (more…)

When Your Child Has RSV

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I received a question from Brooke (via our new iPhone App). Her six month old has RSV, pneumonia and a double ear infection. (more…)

RSV is Going Around

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Whew, this is a  busy week! Busy for you too, I’m sure. I’ve seen many coughs, colds and another baby with RSV.  RSV is the acronym for respiratory synctial virus, which is a winter-time upper respiratory infection that causes colds and coughs, but also an illness known as bronchiolitis. (more…)

Health Headlines: RSV

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Weekly Health Headlines

Keeping you informed of the latest children’s health news

This week’s topic: RSV


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RSV Season is Here

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Boy oh boy, RSV is really here. The office is just full of coughing and wheezing kids of all ages, much of which is RSV. (more…)

Study: RSV Common in U.S. Children

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

RSV, a highly contagious respiratory virus, is far more common in U.S. children than once thought and puts more of them in the hospital than flu, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York projected that RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) affects 2.1 million children under the age of five each year. (more…)


Sunday, December 14th, 2008

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RSV is a viral illness that almost all children catch at least once before they are two years old. RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) can cause an infection that can be dangerous for some babies. Most of the time, the virus only causes coldlike symptoms.

For some infants who were born prematurely or were born with severe lung disease, RSV can be a potentially serious problem.

Like most other common colds, RSV is highly contagious and most often occurs in fall andwinter (roughly November through April). It can spread directly from person to person, orindirectly when someone touches any object infected with the virus, such as toys, countertops,doorknobs, or pens.

Because RSV is so dangerous to newborns, parents should take certain steps to prevent exposure to RSV. Pediatrician Dr. Sue Hubbard says the easiest preventative step a parent can take is to keep that newborn your-baby at home and away from crowded germ-filled areas like restaurants, malls and churches.

Dr. Hubbard says parents should immediately call the pediatrician if a child appears to have trouble breathing or turns a little “dusky” in color when trying to cough.

Since RSV is a virus, it does not respond to antibiotics. “It really doesn’t seem to respond to much except supportive care, and tincture of time,” says Dr. Hubbard.

Treating RSV

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Last thoughts about RSV and the VIRUS that seems to spread like a wildfire in California. If only there was a vaccine for RSV everyone would be happier. Unfortunately that is not on the near horizon and we will continue to see RSV in doctor’s offices and hospitals every winter. (more…)

What to Look For in RSV

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Boy oh boy, RSV is really here and so more thoughts on that topic. The office is just full of coughing and wheezing kids of all ages, much of which is RSV. But the ones I am really concerned about are the infants and babies under the age of one year. They have a harder time with the virus and this infant age group is the group that statistically gets hospitalized more often. The buzz among moms about RSV continues (but at least less buzz about vaccines). They are all concerned and confused about when they need to come and see the pediatrician and also what “they” as parents need to watch for. Both of these concerns are important. (more…)