It's a nasty cold virus that heads downhill pretty quickly at times.
When my boys had it, they were 3, 1 and 5 weeks. The baby ended up in the PICU, but the older two...well, it just seemed like they had a bad cold. It doesn't get horrible for all kids who have it. In fact, by the age of two, most kids have had it and the parents didn't even know it!
If the baby gets a bad cold, just watch for difficulty breathing and at the first sign (sucking of the ribs, flaring of the nostrils, blue lips or nail beds) get them in to a doctor.
There aren't really any symptoms that mean it IS RSV....they actually have to test for the virus. And it passes like a common cold, too.
at 5:38 PM on Feb. 14, 2009