RSV continues to spread amongst children across the country. Dean Dye, MD, pediatrician at Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff, a Saint Francis Medical Partner, explains the signs of RSV and what parents can do to ease the symptoms of the virus.
“Respiratory Syncytial Virus, otherwise known as RSV, is a widespread respiratory illness in pediatric patients. Although RSV can affect adults, it is primarily seen as a significant pathogen in children preschool age and younger. RSV causes only mild cold-like symptoms in most patients: runny nose, sniffling, sneezing and cough; however, it can cause of significant illness in younger children, premature infants and children with underlying respiratory problems. Commonly RSV is seen November through April. There has been a considerable resurgence of the virus since mask mandates ended and daycares reopened in May.
Usually the treatment for RSV is primarily symptomatic treatment, including Tylenol, Motrin, pushing fluids and running vaporizers or humidifiers in the home. Some children, especially premature babies or people with underlying lung conditions, may become much more ill and require breathing treatments or hospitalization for IV fluids and oxygen supplementation. I would encourage anyone whose child becomes symptomatic with runny nose, congestion, coughing, sneezing or fever to be aware this may be something more than just seasonal allergies.”
If your child is experiencing RSV symptoms, visit your pediatrician. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dye or another of our skilled pediatric providers, please call 573-727-5500.