It's that time of year again- January. My husband and I cringe every 01 of every year. For some unknown reason there has been one common denominator- RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus. My poor little man; he is just one week shy of being 9 months old but sounds like a 40-year smoker. It has been a long few evenings (I have my little man on my lap now as I am typing). I want to write this post to make you aware of the signs and symptoms and to provide you with further information.
RSV is commonly confused with a cold. One major difference that I have witnessed with all three children is the loud wheezing and a cough that doesn't help at all. Today, when I brought Gavin in to be checked out, my pediatrician informed me that one tricky aspect of RSV is that it can become serious rather quickly. Anthony, my first born, held true to that notion when we had a 2 a.m. rush to the hospital in January of '07. He gasped to breathe; his lips turned a shade of blue; he was lethargic but could not sleep- I don't remember a time when I was so scared because just a few hours prior he simply had "the sniffles." Luckily, upon arriving at the hospital, we were seen right away and he was given Albuterol to help open up his lung passages. No other medications help "cure" RSV.
RSV is most commonly a threat to premature babies, or infants who have poor lung functions. I am very fortunate that neither of my children fall into that category, however, one of my girlfriend's little angels does (both actually). Her little girl has been taking a preventative RSV shot every few months during peek season for the last two years. Talk about scary.
RSV is very contagious and can be spread in numerous ways. Good old fashion hand washing and staying away from those who are sick is the best advice that I have researched. In my opinion (and I have a lot of them) that is not easy to do with a preschooler in the house!
Some good Websites to further educate yourself with (also my resources):