Posted in Child's Health, Toddlers

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

My 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with RSV yesterday. Symptoms started on March 2nd, and didn't initially start getting bad until March 5th. For now, she is being monitored at home. However, I know that this is serious and could put her in the hospital... #WorriedMama Has anyone else been through this with thier child? If so, 1. My daughter keeps pointing at "boo-boos" all over her body. Is this normal? 2. What remedies did you use to help alleviate pain BESIDES saline, humidifiers, and Tylonel/Motrin/Ibprofin? 3. Is it possible that this may go away on its own? 4. Our baby monitor is broken. Would it be a good idea to have her sleep with me? The problem is, I wouldn't have a way to prop her up. Any suggestions? 5. What symptoms should alert me that I need to take her to the hospital? I've done some research; but I am curious if there is anything that may have put a child in the hospital that wasn't one of the warning signs for RSV? *For those of you who don't know what RSV is: There is no vaccine to prevent it, no medicine to give in order to heal from it, nor a cure. **Please Pray for my child!!!**

  • Julie
    Mar 07

    My daughter has had RSV twice. Once when she was 12 weeks old(!!!!!!!!!) and again last month. She’s 18 months old. First things first: it sucks and takes awhile to go away. The first time was the worst and since it was also her first ever illness at just 12 weeks old I was besides myself. It was very scary and I consider it the worst 3 weeks of my life. She never had to be hospitalized, but went to the dr nearly every other day for the first week and a half. So for your questions: 1) my daughter is kinda obsessed with boo boos and she shows me hers often so I didn’t notice if this habit increased while she was sick. I don’t think it did. 2) our dr also prescribed us a nebulizer and saline neb treatments. They helped tremendously the first time, the second time my daughter refused to even put the mask on. My dr also prescribed us levalbuterol with a pediatric puff mask for emergency situations in case she started wheezing. Besides these and the things you’ve mentioned, warm baths, hanging out in the bathroom while you or others shower (to breathe in nice warm, steamy air), and pedia pops all helped. The pedia pops were more just a nice distraction, she only actually threw up from all the mucus dripping into her stomach once so they were more for a nice soothing distraction. My daughter also drank lukewarm chamomile tea last month when she had it but I don’t know if it helped, but she liked it. 3) it will definitely go away on its own. It takes longer than a regular cold (2-3 weeks in most cases) but this is the only way any contracted virus goes away (I’m a scientist so I feel it’s important to point out that viruses never go away. All viruses insert themselves into our genome and we carry them with us for the rest of our lives, but in the future if she’s ever exposed to this exact RSV strain her body will already have the antibodies present to fight it so it won’t be as bad). 4) I slept with my daughter laying on top of me in a recliner in a slightly inclined position. When she was 12 weeks it wasn’t so bad. Last month it was like having a 25 pound log lying on me. Who said being a mom is easy?? Lol. 5) our pediatrician told us that extreme wheezing where she can’t breathe and turning blue are obvious signs to call 911. I wanted to reply, “geez, really?? Because I never would have figured that out myself.” 🙄 As for other things, obviously smoking will greatly irritate the situation so if you smoke inside the house or use a wood stove, consider stopping immediately (if possible). Your daughter is older so that’s good...presumably she’s had a few colds and other illnesses under her belt so her immune system is hopefully primed and ready to ramp up and fight this. Let her lay against you or cuddle as much as possible (similar to newborn skin to skin, being close to loved ones makes us feel better). Push the liquids as much as possible. Whatever she will drink (water, milk, etc), keep them coming. If she’s willing to eat feed her whenever she wants, but with my daughter all she wanted was milk and water for the most part. If your daughter is having a good day and wants to play outside and it’s nice enough, let her!! Being in fresh air always helps. Finally just brace yourself. Some days it’s bad and some days she will act like she’s not sick at all. RSV is like the visitor who stops by and doesn’t leave for 3 weeks. It kind of lingers but the worst if the storm was behind us by 1.5-2 weeks. Good luck, I hope she stays out of the hospital!!!

  • Anonymous
    Mar 07

    My 3 month old son got RSV over Christmas. We took him to the E.R. because we noticed rapid breathing, and when you watched him breath his ribs would suck in. I'm glad we took him, but it wasn't bad enough to do anything, all they did was suck his nose out with an electronic sucking machine, checked his oxygen levels and sent us on our way with saline drops and a GIANT suction bulb. He slept part of the night in a rock-n-play so he was propped up. When he would wake up coughing and sounded too congested I would suction his nose out, then lay him in bed with me on his side. I also had a cool mist humidifier running on high all night. The cool mist did way more than a non misting humidifier. I think the most important thing is to keep on top of the mucous, I know they hate the bulb, but it was absolutely necessary and I did it every hour or 2 if his coughing and congestion was bad. Honestly it didn't bother him much, but my husband and his mancold he had at the time is another story!

  • Ivy
    Mar 07

    My 2nd had this when he was just 2 weeks old. It turned into pneumonia and he was admitted to the ER. He did very well, despite his odds and nothing was done for him at all. He was just closely monitored and I was given food and a bed so I could nurse him as much as possible. As scary as it was, my older son, the several times he’s had RSV, it has been much worse than when my 2nd had it. We do elderberry syrup with every sickness. We also do cough popsicles (like halls but for kids) and load up on liquids

  • Kate
    Mar 08

    My 5 week old is currently fighting this - she was admitted to the hospital for a week. Our 22 month old daughter brought it home (no hospital for her, it kind of just worked it’s way through), and we all had a turn with it. I would say: - Don’t hesitate to take her in if you’re unsure. Best case scenario, they’ll run some tests, monitor her for a few hours, and send you on your way. Worst case, she gets admitted and has round-the-clock care. Either way, it’s a good outcome. - Watch for “retractions” when breathing, as noted above. This means she’s having to work to breathe. See if there is tugging under her sternum, at her ribs or at her trachea when breathing. Other signs are flaring nostrils or head bobbing. - Get the mucus out however you can. The hospital sent us home with 5 nose fridas and saline drops. I get more out using those than I ever could with the bulb sucker, but I use the bulb in her mouth when she’s trying to cough things up. - Watch for fever. This could *potentially* indicate that pneumonia has developed, in which case you should definitely see her doctor. (I actually wouldn’t give Tylenol/ibuprofen for this reason, so it doesn’t mask a fever in case one develops.) - Apparently RSV peaks around day 4 or 5, but I’m also hearing it’s particularly nasty this year (as was our case - our newborn basically plateaued with it; no worse, no better for almost the whole time in the hospital). So hopefully she turns a corner soon.