Cold weather is not just a time to bundle up and enjoy the holidays, but a time to take extra. Precautions, especially with children. Every winter, several different types of viruses cause respiratory symptoms in the population. In pediatrics, the human respiratory syncytial (RSV) virus is a large and mostly unfamiliar (by the general population) cause of disease, especially in infants (children below two years of age). Most of the population does not develop permanent immunity to the RSV virus.

The most common illness produced by RSV is bronchiolitis, which is a narrowing of the smallest airways in the lungs. The disease may progress from cough, fever, nasal sticky secretions, to wheezing and rapid breathing, (tight breathing, similar to asthma. Symptoms). The diagnosis, however, must be confirmed by a physician for appropriate treatment. Bronchiolitis may also lead to ear infections, and less commonly, bacterial pneumonia (+/- 1% of cases).

REMEDIES AND TREATMENT INCLUDE:

warm fluids for coughing

humidified air

nasal washes

evaluation from a licensed pediatrician

Asthma medication may also be necessary in some cases. Smoking in the presence of the disease will aggravate coughing, with proven evidence showing that infants increase wheezing when exposed to passive or second hand smoke.

By maintaining awareness of hazards such as the RSV virus, you and your family may enjoy a healthier and safer winter season.

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