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What will happen if my child has RSV and is admitted to the hospital?

 If your baby is admitted to the hospital:

• Your baby’s temperature, heart rate, and breathing will be monitored. Your child’s breathing will be checked to help decide whether he needs oxygen. A machine called a pulse oximeter may be used to measure his or her oxygen levels.

• Our staff may use suction devices to keep his nose clear of mucus.

• You will need to learn how to use the bulb suction and help with your baby’s care.

• Your baby may be given a trial breathing treatment. If the treatment helps, it will be given regularly. If it does not help, no more breathing treatments will be given.

• Once your baby starts improving, his care team will help you learn how to take care of him at home.

• Your baby may be placed in "Isolation" in case he has something contagious (catchy). This means our staff will take extra measures to keep germs from spreading. Staff may wear masks, gowns or gloves when caring for your baby.

• Washing your hands often and well can also help keep germs from spreading to others.

You can plan on going home when:

• Your baby is breathing slower and easier.

• Your baby is eating well.

• Any medicines, if still needed, can be given at home.

• You and your baby’s caretakers can use a bulb suction to keep his nose and mouth clear.

• You and your baby’s pediatrician feel that he is ready for discharge.

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