Question: How do I know if my baby has a cold or RSV?

Symptoms of RSV are usually common cold symptoms: cough, runny nose. The difference is the runny nose is going to be significantly mucusy, copious amounts of mucus. You can get some redness of the eyes, coughing, sore, scratchy throat.

How do I know if my baby has RSV?

RSV Symptoms

  1. A high-pitched whistling or wheezing noise when they breathe.
  2. Being unusually upset or inactive.
  3. A cough with yellow, green, or gray mucus.
  4. Trouble breathing or pauses in their breaths.
  5. Refusing to breastfeed or bottle-feed.

Do colds become RSV?

Most cases are mild, but for some children, an ordinary cold or flu can quickly turn into asthma, RSV or pneumonia that requires ER treatment or hospitalization.

What are the first symptoms of RSV?

The most common symptoms of RSV include:

  • Runny nose.
  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Short periods without breathing (apnea)
  • Trouble eating, drinking, or swallowing.
  • Wheezing.
  • Flaring of the nostrils or straining of the chest or stomach while breathing.
  • Breathing faster than usual, or trouble breathing.
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What does RSV cough sound like in infants?

RSV in Infants & Toddlers

Children with RSV typically have two to four days of upper respiratory tract symptoms, such as fever and runny nose/congestion. These are then followed by lower respiratory tract symptoms, like increasing wheezing cough that sounds wet and forceful with increased work breathing.

How do you tell if it’s RSV or a cold?

Symptoms of RSV are usually common cold symptoms: cough, runny nose. The difference is the runny nose is going to be significantly mucusy, copious amounts of mucus. You can get some redness of the eyes, coughing, sore, scratchy throat.

How can you tell the difference between a cold and RSV?

Common Cold. Just like the cold or flu, RSV spreads through the air, like after a cough or sneeze, as well as through direct contact, such as touching. RSV is usually contagious for three to eight days. For most babies and young children, RSV causes nothing more than a cold.

How long is RSV contagious for?

People infected with RSV are usually contagious for 3 to 8 days. However, some infants, and people with weakened immune systems, can continue to spread the virus even after they stop showing symptoms, for as long as 4 weeks.

Does RSV go away on its own?

Most RSV infections go away on their own in a week or two. There is no specific treatment for RSV infection, though researchers are working to develop vaccines and antivirals (medicines that fight viruses).

What does RSV feel like?

In adults and older children, RSV usually causes mild cold-like signs and symptoms. These may include: Congested or runny nose. Dry cough.

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How do you treat RSV at home?

At-home treatment includes:

  1. Removing sticky nasal fluids with a bulb syringe using saline drops.
  2. Using a cool-mist vaporizer to keep the air moist and make breathing easier.
  3. Providing fluids in small amounts frequently through the day.
  4. Giving non-aspirin fever-reducers such as acetaminophen.

Does RSV get worse at night?

But we typically see RSV gets worse before it gets better (just like the common cold). If a child is diagnosed on Day 2, mostly likely the virus will get worse before it gets better.

How long does RSV cough last in infants?

Typically, RSV causes a cold, which may be followed by bronchiolitis or pneumonia. Symptoms generally last an average of 5-7 days.

When should I take my baby to the hospital with RSV?

Call your child’s doctor if any of these things occur:

  • Fever over 101ºF axillary (under the arm)
  • Cough that lasts more than 4 days.
  • Thick mucus from the nose or mouth that is yellow, green or gray.
  • Chest pain or trouble breathing.
  • Blue or gray color of lips, skin or fingernails.