Newborns and small children suffer from cold, nose block or running nose quite often. Are all these just signs of common cold or something more serious?
It could be respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common form of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children under age of 1. It has symptoms similar to other viruses, such as runny nose, fever, coughing, sneezing, loss of appetite and irritability. While RSV is not a serious problem for most little ones, infants can be hit hard sometimes.
Babies under six months of age are at an increased risk of RSV because:
Children attending day care, having school-aged brothers or sisters, living in crowded areas or being near tobacco smoke increases the risk of RSV. Read more on the disadvantages of tobacco smoke at www.firsteatright.com.
No vaccine is available till date for RSV and antibiotics do not kill the virus. Vaporizers can help young children breathe and youngsters older than 6 months should be fed with plenty of liquids, such as water and fruit juices. Infants below 6 months must be breastfed or bottle-fed small quantities of liquids every now and then.
RSV can be prevented by taking safety precautions such as washing hands frequently, not sharing utensils and dishes and disinfecting hard surfaces.
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