How can I help prevent my baby catching respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?

How you can prevent RSV infection in your baby:
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water before touching your baby, and ask others to do the same.
  • Keep people who have colds away from your baby, including brothers and sisters. Parents or other caregivers who feel ill should wear a mask and refrain from kissing the baby.
  • Don’t smoke near the baby, because exposure to tobacco smoke increases the severity of an RSV infection.
  • Avoid taking your baby to crowded locations, such as shopping malls.
  • Ask your baby’s doctor about a medication that can help prevent your baby from getting severe RSV disease.

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Viral Lung Infections

Viral Lung Infections

Viral lung infections include acute bronchitis, viral pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). These viral lung infections usually begin as a respiratory virus that spreads to the lungs. Chest pain, chronic ...

coughing, fever and fatigue are common with bronchitis. This infection cannot be treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonia presents with a host of symptoms including coughing, fatigue, fever, aches and pains, and GI symptoms. While antibiotics are not indicated for pneumonia, some antiviral medications can help. Infants can develop both bronchiolitis and RSV at a young age, causing coughing and wheezing.

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