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:
- Stuffy or runny nose.
The severe symptoms of RSV in babies include:
- Poor feeding
- 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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