What Parents Should Know About RSV, A Respiratory Virus

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As& RSV cases& continue to spike across parts of the U.S. — with some areas nearing seasonal peak levels — those typical “bugs” your child brings home may have you feeling on edge. With so much& swirling around& these days, it can be difficult to know what’s behind a constant cough, especially if your child is very young. RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, can include symptoms similar to a common cold. However, the virus can develop into something more serious. RSV can infect people of all ages but is most severe for older adults and young children. Usually almost every child under the age of 2 has been exposed to RSV, but due to all the pandemic response over the last few years, kids have not been exposed as much to RSV. That is one of the reasons why we are seeing such a spike this year, as well as RSV in children older than 2. Symptoms RSV symptoms may vary and typically begin four to six days after infection. The most common& symptoms& might include: Runny nose Low appetite Coughing Sneezing Fever Wheezing For& young infants with RSV, they might be irritable, sluggish or find it harder to breathe....

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