How to Diagnose RSV in Infants?

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause infections in the lungs and respiratory tract. It is very common in children, but it can also infect adults. RSV is contagious and spreads very fast. The diagnosis of RSV is various according to different healthy conditions. In general, the diagnosis of RSV in infants includes:

Physical exam

  • The doctor will ask the time of the symptoms occur.
  • The doctor will listen to the lungs with a stethoscope (check wheezing or other abnormal sounds).

Laboratory and imaging tests

  • Chest X-rays (check lung inflammation).
  • Swab of secretions from inside the mouth or nose (check signs of the virus).
  • Blood tests (check white cell counts or viruses, bacteria and other germs).
  • Using pulse oximetry (detect the oxygen in the blood).
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I am wondering what the preventive maintenance would be.  Would you keep a newborn isolated from her Grandparents and Great Grandparents.  If so, how long?  The child does not show symptoms.
There is a RSV prophylaxis called Synagis that could protect your baby from RSV infection. If the grandparents are sick with obvious symptoms, then the baby should be isolated until the symptoms disappear, especially for premature infants.
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