RSV is Respiratory Syncytial Virus that causes infections in the respiratory among infants and babies under one year old. RSV is the common cause of pneumonia and bronchitis. Although having an RSV is not a very serious health condition, the virus is highly contagious and it is of utmost importance for you to avoid having your baby somewhere near a baby who is infected with RSV. Transmission usually happens during checkups in hospitals where you get to be near with mothers who have infected babies.
Symptoms of RSV Infection in Children
Since RSV targets the respiratory system, the signs and symptoms of the infection is associated with the respiratory functions and conditions such as the following:
- Runny nose
- Difficulty in breathing
- Rapid breathing
- Difficulty getting enough oxygen
- Purplish or bluish color
Home Remedies for RSV Treatment and Management
Unfortunately, there is no known cure or vaccine for Respiratory Syncytial Virus and viruses do not usually get killed, they can only be managed and allowed to die on their own by strengthening your immune system.The cures for child with RSV would have to focus on treating the symptoms of the viral infection. This home management includes:
- Reduction of risk factors such as ensuring that your child is not exposed to tobacco and cigarette smoke.
- Avoid getting close contacts with other babies during checkups and childcare.
- Make sure that the medicines given to your child do not, in any way, weaken the immune system.
- Avoid crowded areas especially in areas where there are several children.
- Keep your child in a well-ventilated area free from pollution and other air irritants.
- Give your child important nutrients thru fresh fruits and vegetables especially those that are high in vitamin C.
- Make sure your child’s environment is clean at all times.
- Ensure that your child would be using clean and sterilized utensils.
- Keep the hands of your infant in mittens to prevent contact with contaminated objects. The mittens will prevent viral transfer from object to your infant’s hands to her nose, mouth, and eyes, which are susceptible to getting the virus to your child’s respiratory system.
- Keep your child from sniffing or sneezing children because the virus can be transmitted through inhalation of droplets out of sneezing or coughing.
- Maintain your baby’s proper hygiene to keep him at bay from diseases and infections.