When Should I Bring My Child in for an RSV Infection?

Kids get sick, that’s just a fact of life. This is especially true at this time of year with all of the different infections and illnesses that they can come down with.

While minor colds and ear infections aren’t usually cause for concern, certain infections can be dangerous or even deadly. RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is one of those illnesses that all parents need to watch for.

Our AFC Urgent Care Tyvola Road team explains more about RSV and why it can be so dangerous below, so read on to stay informed.

How Does RSV start?

RSV is a viral illness that can spread really quickly through populations, and caseloads tend to peak in the fall and winter seasons when we all spend more time together in close proximity. This is why places like daycare centers, classrooms and nursing homes have to be on high alert at this time of year.

It can spread through respiratory droplets or through direct contact. If your child does something simple like put an infected toy in his or her mouth or is the unfortunate recipient of a kiss from an infected family member or friend, an RSV infection can begin just a few days later.

Early Signs That Your Child Has RSV

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Trouble eating or drinking

Are All RSV Infections Emergencies?

No. Many RSV infections may make your child feel sick for a few days, but symptoms stay mild to moderate until he or she makes a full recovery. Offer fluids, encourage rest and watch your child for any signs of a worsening infection.

Respiratory distress is the major concern when it comes to RSV infections. The virus can inflame and irritate your child’s airway enough to cause difficulty breathing, and that can be dangerous or even deadly. Seek medical attention immediately if your child is experiencing any of the below symptoms.

Dangerous Respiratory Distress Signs

  • Chest contractions
  • Bluish skin or fingernails
  • Wheezing
  • Shallow or rapid breathing

RSV can be really dangerous. Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Tyvola Road if you are worried about your symptoms.