L.W. asks from Gresham, OR on February 02, 2007
R.s.v. ??? - Gresham,OR
My nephew just got put in the hospital (ICU) with RSV. Does anyone know how babies get this? Everything I have looked up on line says it starts out a cold and gets worse from there. My kids have had TON'S of colds and never ended up in ICU. Could it have been from my sister smoking when she was pregnant? I feel bad for this poor little guy and wanna keep my kids from getting it. Is it contagiouse? (sp) LOL....Any help understanding RSV would be great.
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My nephew came home from the hospital today! But now his older brother has it. I just hope he doesnt end up in ICU also. Sounds like scarry stuff and I am very thankful none of my 3 kids have had it....Thank you all for your info, VERY helpfull! Better than what the doctors could tell us.
J.M. answers from San Francisco on February 05, 2007
RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is a very common winter cold virus. Adults and children who get it tend to have a cough, stuffy nose, and sore throat - indistinguishable from most other winter colds. However, they can pass it to infants and young toddlers, and the result can be severe. It is very contagious and is spread by coughing and sneezing. Young infants usually get it from their parents, older brothers or sisters, or older playmates at daycare - who may seem to have just a cold or sometimes have no symptoms at all.
What is bronchiolitis?
Babies with RSV usually just get very bad colds, with horribly runny noses. In fact, babies can make so much nasal mucus that they can choke or gag on it. Unfortunately, they can also get "bronchiolitis" - inflammation of the small airways deep in a baby's lungs. Bronchiolitis causes severe coughing, fast shallow breathing, and wheezing. Occasionally it can be so severe that babies end up in the hospital
My son was hospitalized when he was 7mths old with RSV & Pheumonia. He was full term, very healthy, & I've never smoked or had him around smokers. Although I've been very healthy, I,too have "weak lungs". My son, who is now 3 1/2, gets the croup every winter when the seasons change, however with the great treatments of steroid shots & use of a nebulizer we are able to keep strengthing his lungs.
The best treatment for keeping your kids from catching this, is the common methods, of washing hands, drinking lots of fluids, & eating healthy.
Best of luck to your little nephew!
L.C. answers from Los Angeles on February 02, 2007
R.S.V is a flu like virus that can be passed on by sneezing, coughing and can linger for up to 7 hours. If your nephew was a preemie he is at high risk to begin with. He may have had under developed lungs and has not built up the antibodies needed to fight it.
If he is in daycare or if he his around smokers this could contribute it as well. It is a very common virus but can go undetected because it comes off as the flu.
Here is a great website I found. http://www.rsvprotection.com This may answer some of your questions.
Good luck with your nephew and if you need nutrition advice for him give me a call. Your consultation will be at no charge.
K.A. answers from Medford on February 02, 2007
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/respiratory/rsvfeat.htm I don't know if this will answer your questions or not, but, I found a website that was pretty informative. My son was born premature and I had to learn a lot about it. Both of my children have had it, and are okay now, although my daughter was hospitalized with it for 2 days. Good luck. I wish your nephew the best!
K.M. answers from San Diego on February 02, 2007
My little boy just got over RSV. He had a runny nose that wouldn't quit, an ear infection, and a cough that made me cringe. I was told it's highly contagious as long as he has a runny nose, and that it can be very dangerous to kids under 2 as it can turn quickly from a bad cold into pneumonia. We kept our son out of daycare for a full week. Our pediatrician said that almost all kids end up getting RSV at one time or another, and it's spread just like other viruses. Hope this helps...be well.
J.H. answers from Las Vegas on February 02, 2007
Well I think you know this is a virus and is contagious so sometimes is not because we did nothing wrong well I look it that way for more sometimes we clean our hand, make sure our kids don’t touch anything duty sometimes your kid got invite to a birthday party and there is a kid infested with the virus and the child doesn’t show any sickness at all. So it is not our fault. Just happen.
Outbreaks of disease caused by RSV occur on a yearly basis, most commonly during the winter months, with the epidemics lasting approximately five months. RSV is easily transmitted via large, aerosolized respiratory particles, or through contact with nasal secretions, and may even be transmitted indirectly by contact with contaminated objects, such as bathroom fixtures or even clothing. The most common sites of inoculation are the eyes and nose.
RSV is relatively easy to transfer through casual contact, family members often pass it on to one another. Hospital staffs are also frequent vectors in viral transmission. A simple and effective means of preventing disease spread both at home and in an institutional environment is good hand washing.(that’s is the reason I have my house with hand washing soup all over you never know)
Another factor making the spread of RSV almost unavoidable is the period of viral shedding viral shedding may occur one to two days before symptoms become apparent and last as long as two weeks after symptom onset. This period is significantly greater and more prolonged for children with defective cellular immunity. The incubation period is three to five days for most patients.
Again, the added risk posed by this potentially long period of viral shedding can be reduced by early diagnosis and treatment of RSV infection. Since disease can be spread before symptoms even appear and after they disappear, it is important to know the risk factors of RSV infection as well as the timing of the peak RSV infection season in your area. Here in las Vegas the season it is almost over I believe stops beginning spring. If we know the season in our area this will help Doctors decide to test for RSV and subsequently manage the illness at its early stages. Other factors contributing to increased risk of developing serious RSV infection include: premature infants and infants less than 6 weeks of age, infants with congenital heart disease, infants with chronic lung conditions including bronchopulmonary dysplasia and cystic fibrosis immunodeficiency , crowded living conditions, exposure to passive cigarette smoke, attendance in day care setting ,presence of older siblings in the home , infants who were not breastfed.
Hope your nephew get better.