my son has Rsv and his doctors not doing anything about it

Myia - posted on 02/10/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




my son donald is 11 months and the doctor said he has rsv but all he did was give him an antobiotic i thought that he needed a nebuilizer but i coulnt afford one so i asked his doctor to write a prescription for one he says we dont need one but meanwhile m son is like gasping and gasping for air he cant breath at night itts horrible. what should i do?


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Sarah - posted on 04/20/2012




I agree, RSV is a virus and not usually treated by antibiotics. Does he have an ear infection along with it, that would make more sense? The thing with RSV, because it is viral, there is not really a way to TREAT it per se. It is treated based on his symptoms. If he's struggling to breath and gasping for breath as you say, take him to the ER. You can check him for signs of respiratory distress by looking at his chest. Do you see any pulling in our sucking in between on underneath his ribs or at the base of his throat? Is his respiratory rate increased? Is he opening and closing his mouth when he breathes in? If so, have him seen again. If not, treat him at home. Tylenol for fever, saline drops and nasal suction (you can purchase a bulb suction at the pharmacy) to help loosen and get rid of those grossly thick nasal secretions. Do this before he goes down to sleep and before he eats. You can raise the head of his crib as well, create a nest of sorts he can sit in and prop up the head of his mattress with some books (or books under the foot of the crib). This will help him to breathe easier when he's sleeping.

Make sure he stays hydrated, and increase if you can because he will need more fluids while he's fighting this, the thickness of the secretions, increased breathing, and fever can all cause dehydration. Also remember to isolate him from other kids if you can because you don't want to get other kiddos sick. I know it's frustrating and you want the doc to do more for you, but unfortunately it's just a symptom treatment they can do. If you are concerned though, please don't hesitate to have him seen again. Good luck, I hope he feels better soon!

Sariah - posted on 04/20/2012




I don't know why they would give him an antibiotic because it is a virus and can't be killed by an antibiotic.

Trish - posted on 02/11/2012




I agree....get a new doctor. Or bug the one you have until he DOES do something.

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