Help! My baby has RSV

Kim - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My baby was diagnosed with RSV a week ago. He has been on breathing treatments every four hours for a week. He still has all the symtoms. Have any moms out there experienced this virus? Should I be worried? This is a nasty virus.

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Celena - posted on 02/10/2013

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Help!!! my son is 1 years old he was diagnosed with RSV bronchitis 2 days ago his fever will not go down pass 101 also he was diagnosed with the ear infection 4 days prior what can I do to help stop the fever. the ER doctor didn't even give me a prescription for any type of antibiotics. he doesn't eat much and when he does eat it causes him to vomit a lot. Please help I'm a first time mom and i am worried.

Kylie - posted on 01/12/2010

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Hi, I am a paediatric nurse and looked after many babies with RSV, you shouldnt be worried as long as your baby is still doing all the right things such as drinking and playing and is not struggling to breathe. As long as he is having a few wet nappies his hydration will be adequate, you can help his breathing by sleeping him slightly upright, pillow under the mattress and putting saline drops down his nose to help clear any mucous. He will need lots of sleep and the virus should be gone by day 10-12, antibiotics dont work because it is a virus not a bacterial infection. If your baby is irritable, panadol will obviously help, goodluck and dont worry he will get through it.

Heather - posted on 01/15/2010

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My little baby had it too just a few weeks ago. it was awful.she was on the breathing treatments too but the Dr told me it probably wouldnt do a bit of good. itll just make her heart race and make her hyper.. which doesnt sound helpful to me at all!! shes doing better now though but it takes about 6-8 weeks to get over :( My baby got it from daycare. It is a nasty virus ur definatly right about that!!

Virginia - posted on 01/14/2010

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My son had RSV when he was about nine weeks old, it was very scary. He was very congested and he slept with a pillow under his mattress so he was a little upright. He was on a nebulizer twice a day for over a week. Just keep a eye on his breathing, as long as he is breathing ok the other symptoms will take awhile to get better. My son took about 2 weeks to get better. Good luck!

Alyssa - posted on 01/14/2013

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Jayme, I think you should get a second opinion. My son (3 months) was diagnosed yesterday and chest X-rays showed no pneumonia but he was still given a nebulizer and a prednisone liquid steroid for his lungs. I wasn't given any antibiotics since rsv is a virus.

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Alexandra - posted on 01/24/2014

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My baby girl was taken into pediatric intensive care on Boxing Day as she had bronchilitis and was RSV positive she was kept on ventilator for a week at 5 weeks old now a few weeks on we're back home and my 3 boys have hot nasty coughs and cold foes any
1 know if she's at risk by being around them?

Lisa - posted on 01/13/2014

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my son is 5 months old and was just diagnosed with RSV which turned into pneumonia in the right upper lung he is been in the hospital for 3 days now and they say we're in for a long stay he is responding good to his antibiotics and breathing treatments but He still spikes a fever every once in awhile please keep him in your thoughts and prayers

Tonya - posted on 02/17/2013

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I am going through the same. Mine are coughing so hard she is vomiting. She is 18 months. They gave her a perscription just incase it was not RSV. But it is. The snot I'd so think. She couldnt cough it up. So they put her on breathing treatments. They do help.still using nose drops and bulb. Still coughing and sneezing but getting better. Make thing worse. My 5 week old has it too. We sleep in shifts. We were told to use drops in nose every 4 hours. BS. We are cleaning out nose every 15 min. The RSV mucus of so thick and clogs so fast. thats where the scare comes in of not breathing. We have done the best with humidifer 24/7. In a small room. Listing to her every breath. If she sounds junked up 1 nostril at a time drip 1 to 2 drops in wait until baby makes achocking sound that way you know it's infull then suck it out. The reason you use drops the snot is so thick out will not come out with out it. Then after you get ALL of it out do the passie test. She will suck it if you done well. I'm scared to death. But so far so good. DO NOTHESITATE to go to er. Or call 911. This is very scary and the doctors understand. Beyer to be safe.

Angie - posted on 02/04/2013

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Hello my five month old was diagnosed with rsv also. She has been hospitalized for it. Now is on breathing treatments also.Its been three days and we visited the ER twice since she was released.I have still not. Seen any progress..my daughter was born full term. So does mean she has some kind of problems with her heart

Janel - posted on 01/26/2013

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My almost 3 month old son was diagnosed with RSV 8 days ago, I had noticed some coughing the day before he was diagnosed. I think he probably got it from his 6 year old brother who seemed to have a bit of a cold. The same cold symptons everyone in the household is suffering from. I did not realize that RSV was such a big deal in infants when the doctor first told me he tested positive for it. I noticed my baby was coughing and a bit stuffed up, but did not realize he was weezing and having difficulty breathing. We have been using a saline spray and trying to suction the mucus. The pediatrician gave me a precription for Albuterol which is an asthma inhalor which requires a mask for infants. He has been taking two puffs of that every four hours for 8 days now. A day ago we rushed to the ER at 1am because my baby could not stop coughing long enough to breath. At the ER he seemed to have relaxed a bit on his own, maybe the car ride there relaxed him? He was watched for 6 hour at the hospital in the ER room they took blood work to check for white blood cell count and xrays of his chest. All the test seemed to come out ok but now they have him on the steriods for the next 5 days. I sure hope this goes away soon I hate to see him cough because I am afraid he will have trouble breathing again :(

Jayme - posted on 01/14/2013

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My baby just got diagnosed with RSV and the hospital did chest xrays and she has pneumonia in right lower lung. The "doctor" was a Physician assistant...and the only thing he prescribed was amoxicillin. He did not give her a breathing machine or anything. Should I take her to a different hospital and get a second opinion?

Desiree - posted on 01/04/2013

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My Poor babygirl has rsv and fluid in her left ear, they told us to give her breathing treatments and to keep her nose suctioned out, that is key. But it breaks my heart every time she coughs or has a stuffy nose, I'm just wondering is there anything else I can do??

Michael Scott - posted on 12/26/2012

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Hi there Kim,
My son also has RSV we took him to the Emergency room and they told us that he had labored breathing. He also was on breathing treatments during our stay. Not to scare you but this is a VERY nasty virus, so you should be worried. If his symptoms dont improve within a week or so you should take him to the ER. Look out for dry diapers and your baby being lethargic. Coughing will also follow....and a lot of it. So be prepaired for a really tough week. Just love him and cuddle him and make him feel comfortable, make sure he is sleeping with his head elevated, it helps with the congestion. Also use Saline in his nose and suction the mucus out as needed. Hope this adds some comfort to your situation :)
-A dad

Vanessa - posted on 01/15/2010

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Both of my sons had RSV as infants, both had to have the breathing treatments. Neither were hospitilized, although my older son (who is now 5) had to go to the hospital in an ambulance because he was having a hard time breathing. Very scary! We were in emergency 5 days out of 7 with him, but he was never actually admitted. Both were only 2-3 months old at the time (both are October babies and got sick december/january). The younger the baby, the harder it seems to hit them. Just keep up on the masks and try not to worry...he will get better soon! If you're using a compressor with saline solution mixed with ventolin, my dr said if the baby is still having trouble breathing between ventolin masks, giving him a mask with just the saline solution can help a lot, and it did. My older son was actually part of a study at the Hospital for Sick Children about the affectiveness of pediapred (paediatric prednisone, a steroid that helps strengthen their lungs), but I'm certain he had the placebo as it made no difference. Has your dr mentioned possibly giving him that?

Colleen - posted on 01/14/2010

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Things that I have heard. For ear infections try having baby sleep on a slight incline. For breathing issues make sure you are not using any fabric softeners, harsh chemicals cleaners in or around baby...there are great products available from NORWEX...there are many stay at home Moms selling these products for a cleaner home for us and our babes...they are great and many moms have seen wonderful results. I do not sell the products, but use them and have become an advocate for a chemical free home. Micro-fiber products with silver and only need water to clean. These are the best on the market.
I am also wondering if there is an allergy to something your babes are eating: milk product, etc...try switching formulas, maybe a soy based.

These are only suggestions.

Jodye - posted on 01/13/2010

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I thought that my son had it too just a week ago and come to find out that he just has asthma. He is having to take breathing treatments every 4 hours for this past week and it has been hard to see him struggle to breathe.

Amanda - posted on 01/13/2010

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My daughter had that not too long ago. Her symptoms went away after about a week. She did ok with the treatments, but I hated having to hold her still. She is doing really good now. Really nothing to worry about as long as you give the treatments when required and they are getting better.

Meghan - posted on 01/13/2010

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My son is 7 mo and was diagnosed with rsv last friday.... I was totally freaked out. The doctor said as long as he did his breathing treatments he would recover but that if i thought he was having trouble breathing to take him to childrens ER. I of course did the next day. Turns out I was overreacting. They did however use tubes to suck his nose and all the snot out with a vaccuum pump. And told me that suctioning his nose was key to getting over rsv. So we do. Every morning when he wakes up, before he eats and before he goes to bed. It hasnt even been a week and hes 90 % better. Hope this helps. Good luck!

Rachal - posted on 01/12/2010

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my son had RSV just before Christmas... he was never put on any breathing treatments or had to stay in the hospital. The doctors gave us motrin and sent us home. Just last week he had an appointment and now has a sinus infection and is just not getting put on amoxacillin. he seems better but still has a cough and stuffy/runny nose. The doctors didn't even make it seem like it was a big deal (RSV) but everything I read about it freaked me out. And now to see all these posts I am just glad my son was okay...

Amanda - posted on 01/10/2010

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my son had it over new years and was put in the hospital but not for that he has other medical issues. I found out that he has a herat mumur and has to undergo testing for that. I should have some results by monday (1/11), but I don't really know, I do know that he has to meet the ear doctor Friday (1/15) about his first set of ear tubes.

Erin - posted on 01/10/2010

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My first daughter had it when she was about 1 1/2. She had already been running a fever for a few days before she was diagnosed with RSV, She ended up with pneumonia (from not breathing deep enough) and dehydration. She was in the hospital for 2 days. They had her on an IV since I couldn't get her to eat or drink enough and breathing treatments. Thankfully she turned out just fine, no asthma either....

Kerri - posted on 01/04/2010

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My son also had it for about two weeks. But his Dr said that the britsh call it Happy Weezing. As long as he stays happy and plays and does everything normally he will be fine! So dont worry to much. I completly understand why you would be worried I cried for like 15mins when he first told me cause it scared me sooo bad. But hes fine and Im sure your little guy is going to be just fine also!

Larissa - posted on 01/04/2010

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My little girl was diagnosed with RSV about a week ago also and double ear infections so were giving breathing treatments and amoxocillan. She is still really fussy and coughing some. She hates her breathing treatments. Our dr. told us that the 2 things they really worry about with RSV is respritory distress (trouble breathing) and dehydration. Luckily Lexi hasnt had any signs of either, but the dr. said she could keep her cough for up to 4 weeks after she got over this. I would just keep a close check that he is drinking plenty, using the bathroom frequently, no respritory distress, and no fever. If he has any of that I would be calling my dr. as soon as possible!! Hope this helps and hopefully both of our babies will feel better soon.

Sarah - posted on 01/04/2010

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My little guy had bronchitis and ear infections a couple of weeks ago. He was tested for rsv, but luckily it was negative. We did breathing treatments as well. It took him about a week before I saw improvement. My doctor had us come in for 2 follow-up appointments. Does your doctor do the same?

Emili - posted on 01/04/2010

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my son had it when he was a year old along with bacterial pneumonia and they put him in the hospital for a week. i have never heard of them letting a baby with rsv go home. i would get a second opinion. good luck.

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