Infants and Children At Risk of Respiratory Virus
By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - It is called respiratory syncytial virus and there is a good reason I’m talking about it today.
The virus, which causes respiratory tract infections in children, is most common between November and April but December is always a big month for it with lots of cases.
Children usually get a cough, runny nose, and wheezing. Physicians can make the diagnosis without lab tests or a chest x-ray.
Naturally, we worry about any child with a respiratory infection but RSV can attack children under two months and they often require hospitalization. The official name for the respiratory infection caused by RSV is a bronchiolitis and children under two are particularly vulnerable.
With the exception of severe cases, treatment of RSV is supportive, with particular help paid to keeping well-hydrated and oxygenation.