As the weather starts to change and cool down, cold and flu season begins. No one wants to get sick, but when there are so many illnesses circulating at this time, sometimes it is unavoidable!

A specific illness that you need to be especially careful about is respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. While RSV normally produces minor symptoms in adults, it can be dangerous to infants and small children.

If your child is starting to experience minor cold symptoms, keep an eye out for any worsening symptoms. Our staff at AFC Urgent Care Hickory helps you better understand the dangers of RSV below.

How Does RSV Affect the Body?

RSV is a virus in the lungs or other breathing passages. When it causes irritation in those areas, mild cold-like symptoms can appear. Many adults might just assume it’s a cold and not think twice!

That is not the case for infants, though. Since a baby’s airways are so tiny, any sort of irritation or inflammation can be really dangerous or even deadly. This is why it is so important to watch for any rapidly changing conditions and seek medical assistance if you notice signs of distress in your baby.

Early Warning Signs of RSV

  • Runny nose
  • Decreased appetite
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Fever

When Is RSV an Emergency?

Any time that your baby is showing signs of trouble breathing or a lack of oxygen, it is imperative that you seek medical assistance right away. This could look like blue or grayish skin color, shallow or rapid breathing, and trouble swallowing.

As moms and dads, you know your baby best, but sometimes RSV symptoms can start mild and rapidly worsen. By staying attentive and taking action quickly, you can help keep you baby healthy and safe.

How to Prevent RSV

  • Don’t kiss your baby while you are sick.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Don’t let others kiss your baby.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough.

RSV should always be taken seriously. If you are concerned about the health of your infant, come visit us right away at AFC Urgent Care Hickory.