when to take rsv baby to hospital


When to Take an RSV-infected Baby to the Hospital

RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is one of the most common causes of respiratory illness in young children. RSV can cause mild cold-like symptoms, but can become serious, especially in small babies.

It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of RSV, as well as when to take your baby to the hospital. Read on for more information.

When to See a Doctor

Call your doctor right away if your baby is showing any of the following signs and symptoms of RSV:

  • Persistent coughing or wheezing
  • Rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths
  • Blue color on the lips, mouth, or under the fingernails
  • Unusual tiredness or lack of interest in activities
  • Fever of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher
  • Refusal to drink fluids

If your baby is having difficulty breathing or is passed out, take him or her to the emergency room immediately. These are signs of severe RSV and require immediate medical attention.

When to Take Your Baby to the Hospital

If your baby is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s important to take him or her to the hospital right away:

  • Severe coughing or gasp
  • Rapid and difficult breathing
  • Unusual tiredness
  • High fever
  • Refusal to drink fluids

It is also important to take your baby to the hospital if he or she is showing any signs of dehydration, such as little or no urination, a sunken fontanelle (the soft spot on the top of the head), and dry, cool skin.

The earlier you can spot the signs and symptoms of RSV, and take your baby to the hospital if needed, the better. A prompt visit to the hospital may prevent serious complications.