What Is the Treatment for RSV in Babies?

Q:
What Is the Treatment for RSV in Babies?

A:
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.

In most cases, babies with RSV just need at-home care and will recover in 1-2 weeks.

The at-home care measures include:

  • Remove sticky nasal fluids.
  • Using nasal saline drops.
  • Keep the air moist.
  • Use non-aspirin fever-reducers (such as acetaminophen).

Babies with severe infection need to take some hospital care, including:

  • Humidified oxygen.
  • Intravenous (IV) fluids.
  • Medications to open the airways.

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