What Are the Symptoms of RSV in Babies?

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that causes infections in the lungs and respiratory tract. It can infect people of all ages. But babies are most severely affected, especially premature babies, infants with heart and lung disease, or babies with a very weak immune system. For most children and adults, the RSV infection is like a cold or flu, they will recover in 1-2 weeks.

The common symptoms of RSV in babies include:

  • Cough.
  • Fever.
  • Wheezing.
  • Stuffy or runny nose.

The severe symptoms of RSV in babies include:

  • Poor feeding
  • Irritability.
  • Unusual tiredness.
  • Short, shallow and rapid breathing.
  • A bluish or purplish tinge to skin.
  • Dehydration (lack of tears when crying, little or no urine for 6 hours, and cool, dry skin).
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