Question by  elaine (450)

How dangerous is rsv in an infant?


Answer by  trudie1962 (1022)

My son became quite sick with RSV when he was 18 months old. His lungs were congested and he was in the hospital for four days for IV medication. Watch for difficulty breathing - "in-drawing" is when the skin over the ribs gets sucked between them with each breath.


Answer by  snessia (991)

Most babies and kids can have RSV and not have any serious complications, however, the risk of having serious complications is increased for infants. Be on the look out for any difficulties with breathing. If you feel your child is breathing strangely (too shallow or gasping) call your pediatrician and ask for advice.


Answer by  snessia (991)

While most infants that get RSV will recover without issue, it is more likely that younger infants can develop more serious cases of RSV that can lead to breathing issues, some requiring hospitalization. If the diagnosis is RSV doctors will usually monitor oxygen levels in your baby to be safe.


Answer by  maggiec1179aolcom (754)

Very, especially if they were premature or are still a newborn. My little guy had it at 6 months old and was fine, but they can definatly end up in the hospital needing breathing treatments. Talk to you doctor about the best way to treat your baby.


Answer by  kirri (478)

RSV can be very dangerous to infants with lower immune systems, especially newborn or premature infants. Every precaution should be taken to keep them away from this virus. If your baby has been diagnosed with RSV follow all of your doctors recommendations and keep a close eye on them for signs of them getting worse.

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