UPDATE: Both girls are doing fine, but Lily remains in the hospital. Test came back today with this diagnosis:
- Bluish skin color due to a lack of oxygen (cyanosis)
- Breathing difficulty or labored breathing
- Croupy cough (often described as a "seal bark" cough)
- Nasal flaring
- Rapid breathing (tachypnea)
- Shortness of breath
- Stuffy nose
Infants under age 1 are most severely affected and often have the most trouble breathing. Older children usually have only mild, cold-like symptoms. Symptoms usually appear 4 - 6 days after coming in contact with the virus.
Antibiotics do not treat RSV. Mild infections go away without treatment. Infants and children with a severe RSV infection may be admitted to the hospital so they can receive oxygen, humidified air, and fluids by IV.
A breathing machine (ventilator) may be needed.
RSV is the most common germ that causes lung and airway infections in infants and young children.
The disease spreads from person to person through contact with contaminated tiny droplets or objects that the droplets have touched.
- Attending daycare (there are many, but here is the main cause in young children)!