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RSV advice

My sis has a 7 mos old just diagnosed with RSV any advice

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:42 PM on Mar. 26, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Keep the baby inside and away from visitors until s/he is fully recovered. Also, be aware of the baby struggling to breathe. This will often show as retractions, where the skin and muscle sink into the spaces between the bones. If this happens go to the ER immediately. If there is no car available call 911. Babies can deteriorate rapidly so the sooner things are caught, the better. Also look for a blue-ish color in the nail beds, the lower eyelids, and around the mouth, that's another thing that should send you to the ER. RSV can get nasty real quick.

    Answer by AudreyJ at 10:01 PM on Mar. 26, 2009

  • A humidifier does wonders. It loosens up all that mucus and helps them breathe a little better. If you don't have a humidifier, steam up the bathroom and sit in there for a while with the baby in your lap. It does the same thing as a humidifier.

    Answer by Haidens_Mama at 10:13 PM on Mar. 26, 2009

  • Keep the baby well hydrated. Offer water/juice - use a straw and give her/him drops. My son had it at that age and ended up back in the ER due to dehydration (iv). A nurse gave me the straw advice and he never had to go back in.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:59 PM on Mar. 26, 2009

  • Make sure he/she is getting plenty of fluids. I wouldn't give anything accept formula or breastmilk and water because they don't need the sugar in juice, even if you water it down. Make sure he/she is having enough wet diapers eat day. Since he/she is sick, I wouldn't worry about solids if already eating them, just BM or formula, probably a little at a time and more frequently. Excessive sleepiness is also a sign of dehydration. To help with the congestion in the lungs, cup your hand slightly and pat on the back to help break up the gunk in the lungs. With RSV, a lot of times the mucas buildup will be thick and often hard. You can get saline drops to put in the nose to help make it easier to suck it out. Watch the breathing, if it becomes labored or his/her chest sucks in deep when a breath is taken, they are not getting enough oxygen.

    Answer by marbear98 at 3:23 PM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • If your doctor will do it, ask if she can bring him/her into the office just to have his/her oxygen level checked, especially if labored breathing. All they do for this is slip a monitor on their big toe, so no pain for the baby. Good Luck and here are a couple of websites to check out.


    Answer by marbear98 at 3:23 PM on Mar. 27, 2009

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