In times of coronavirus, febre, cough and runny nose announce a warning sign! Very confused with a simple cold, RSV – respiratory syncytial virus – affects children and adults and is responsible for most cases of bronchiolitis in children under 2 years. It begins to circulate in the autumn months and remains until spring. So, it’s time to pay attention to the health of the little ones!
Although the diagnosis is complicated, it is estimated that 100% of children will contract RSV, but the good news is that most have mild symptoms! Phew, right? What a relief!
At this stage, the ease of contagion is very great, as with other respiratory diseases, which happens through contact with contaminated surfaces or from individual to individual through sneezing, coughing and speaking. The virus can survive for up to six hours in toys! All the more reason to redouble your hygiene care!
Who are the most affected by VSR?
It can occur at any age, however, it is more severe in the first six months, premature newborns, babies with heart disease or chronic lung problems. For these age groups, attention should be doubled because, in addition to flu-like symptoms, the virus also causes shortness of breath and wheezing and may require hospitalization.
The big problem with the virus is that the body does not create immunity after the first contact, which happens with chicken pox, measles or mumps, for example.
Prevention and diagnosis
The diagnosis can only be proven from laboratory tests. Dads should be aware that the baby is breathing hard and is eating properly.
There are no vaccines for the disease. What can happen is passive immunization, when specific antibodies to RSV are injected intramuscularly into the child, in monthly doses (for five months). It is possible to receive them through the public network, as long as the child follows the criteria established by the World Health Organization (WHO): premature babies, with heart disease, chronic lung diseases or serious conditions that compromise the lungs or immune function.
Other than that, environmental care, similar to that of the new coronavirus, prevails. Are they:
- Keep your distance from people with flu or cold symptoms
- Wash your hands thoroughly and use alcohol gel
- Wearing masks on children over 2 years
- Breastfeeding: breast milk strengthens the immune system
- Fleeing crowds of people
- Keep away from cigarette smoke
- Clean and disinfect toys daily
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