This infection has long been characterized as dangerous and even deadly. It can cause severe breathing difficulty and is one of the most common causes for pediatric hospitalization, especially in infants less than six months of age. Since the 1970s, RSV had been thought to cause death in as many as 4,500 babies a year.
What is RSV in babies symptoms?
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a serious infection that can affect people of all ages. But it's most serious in babies. A baby's airways aren't as well-developed, so a baby isn't able to cough up mucus as well as an older child. In most people, RSV causes cold symptoms, often with a cough.
What are the signs and symptoms of RSV?
Signs and symptoms may include:
- Severe cough.
- Wheezing — a high-pitched noise that's usually heard on breathing out (exhaling)
- Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing — the child may prefer to sit up rather than lie down.
- Bluish color of the skin due to lack of oxygen (cyanosis)