Mommy Matters: Keeping your child healthy through RSV season
In this week’s Mommy Matters, it's the peak time for the flu, but another illness is making the rounds and it could be dangerous for young children.
The winter months are typical RSV season. It's a respiratory virus that is often just a cold for healthy adults and children.
However, in young children under one year of age, it can cause the inflammation of the lungs which causes rapid hard breathing.
One local doctor said there are signs to look out for.
“If your baby gets a cold, a cold can be just a cold, just watch them through that,” said Dr. Douglas Carlson with HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital. “But if you notice that they are breathing hard, not eating, not acting well then you should follow up with your doctor."
RSV can be concerning for babies who are born prematurely or have health issues early on.
Doctor Carlson said most kids will do just fine, but on occasion, some children are admitted to the hospital and a few will get very sick.