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My brother came home with his new girlfriend last night. She has her 5-month old son with her. She said he had RSV.
Later, my mom start freaking out b/c she said it's contagious and she didn't want my 1 year old daughter to catch it too.
Is this something I need to be worried about? My daughter never had RSV so I have no idea about the illness.
What should I do?

 
NOLAmommaKRYS

Asked by NOLAmommaKRYS at 3:18 PM on Jul. 12, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • It's just like any other illness. It's contagious to a point. I mean, if the kids share a sippy or kiss each other, then your kid could catch it. Ki had it as a baby, at 10 months or so, and her doctor told me to just be careful around people. Don't let people with bad immune systems hold her, keep her from sharing drinks and stuff with other kids.
    Just treat it as you would around any other sick kid. Make sure you wash your hands after holding, feeding and changing him and all that.
    Kiwismommy19

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 3:21 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • Thanks for the info Kiwismommy ... My daughter never had that and none of my friends' kids ever had it either so I was just at a loss on what to do.
    NOLAmommaKRYS

    Comment by NOLAmommaKRYS (original poster) at 3:23 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • http://www.medicinenet.com/respiratory_syncytial_virus/article.htm

    It is "very highly contagous."
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 3:24 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • RSV is contagious, however a person is most contagious during the first two to four days of their symptoms. If the diagnosis of RSV has already been made, the child might not be as contagious anymore. Just watch your DD for symptoms, and call her pedi if she becomes ill.
    milfalicious08

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 3:24 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • RSV can be very serious in newborns. Wash your hands and have your brother avoid contact until the symptoms are gone, I would not go crazy with worry, use common sense.

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 3:24 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • ^^^ contagious
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 3:24 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

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