Do Babies Get Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)?

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause infections in the lungs and respiratory tract. It is a common childhood illness but can also infect adults. Babies under 2 years old are more likely to get infected. The symptoms of RSV are very similar to common cold and flu, including runny nose, cough and fever. For premature babies, infants with heart and lung disease, or babies with a very weak immune system, RSV can cause severe infections. Such infections sometimes are life-threatening. Keywords: do babies get rsv
what can you give a baby that keep having problems with respiratory infections.
I use seawater nasal spray to clean my baby daughter's nasal cavity. The peditrician said viruses or bacteria go into the nasal cavity, stay and reproduce there before there're enough of them to attack the immune system. While spraying seawater the virus and bacteria can't reproduce easily, that'll lower the chance of infection. Seawater is similar to saline. But you'll have to spray into the small nostrils, so the baby might feel uncomfortable at the beginning. Also clean the small hands with soap a few times a day. Reduce the sugar-added foods, and give the baby more water each day, if the baby is old enough to drink water.
My son used to have respiratory infection often, each time he coughed hard, and the peditrician in the clinic said it's mycoplasma. We were wondering what made him get the infection again and again. Then one day, he had high fever, it was pneumonia, so he was hospitalized. The medical team did bunch of tests, they said too mycoplasma, said the test is high something, so they gave him IV for a week or two. After going home, there was oral drug to take. However, they treated it thoroughly, so after that, my son hasn't had one more mycoplasma infection. What I'm trying to say is, maybe the previous one wasn't cured completely.
Doctors generally give babies IV fluids to rehydrate. Antibiotics would also be given, if there is evidence that the infection is bacterial in origin. But the selection and dosage of IV antibiotics would be dramatically different from that used in adults. Other supportive measures, such as oxygen inhalation, may also be given