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RSV In Children Can Stop Them From Breathing

February 10, 2010, 5:13 PM by Kelli Grant

RSV In Children Can Stop Them From Breathing
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Along with all of the snow comes cold, flu and RSV season. And while we haven't heard much about influenza lately, RSV is showing up earlier than expected.  It's an illness that spreads fast.

RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, affects the lungs and breathing passages. We all get it and often pass it off as a cold. But when it comes to children, it needs to be taken seriously.

Some cases can be managed from home while other kids need to be treated at the hospital. In the littlest patients, RSV can cause them to stop breathing.

Symptoms include a runny nose and a decrease in appetite. Coughing, sneezing and fever typically develop one to three days later.  Parents may also notice wheezing.

"I would recommend that if you are diagnosed with RSV, stay home until your secretion are dried and you're not coughing anymore," Sanford Pediatric Hospitalist Dr. Yamen Smadi said.

Since they're symptoms most of us associate with the common cold, most parents don't expect their child to end up in the hospital.

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