The respiratory syncytial virus affects your child's nose,sinuses, throat and lungs. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia among infants and children younger than one year old.
Your child can get RSV more than once. Because RSV is caused by a virus, antibiotics won't help. The virus must run its course.
Symptoms of RSV are:
Call 911 or take your child to an Emergency Department if your child's lips turn blue.
Call your health care provider if your:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic