baby just came down with rsv....doc says cant do anything but wait..anything to help make him better

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Melissa - posted on 02/20/2010

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When my daughter had RSV the first doctor we saw said to wait. We ended up in the ER. We saw our pediatrician the next day and were sent home with a nebulizer and medicine. We ended up having to use that nebulizer every two hours to get her breathing under control so she didn't land for an extended stay in the hospital. I would suggest a second opinion.

Rita - posted on 02/22/2010

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They may perscribe a steroid, some docs do. If they do...note, it will most likely make baby agitated. Putting baby in shower area several times a day, for about a good 30 mins, but chest percussions and back percussions are fabulous for moving the secretions out of the bronchus where the baby can cough them up and get rid of them. It is done by cupping your hand and burping the baby's back and chest...right after thebaby has sat in the steamy shower area. I would make sure the baby is in a bassinett right near Mom all night.DEFINATELY run a humidifier or 2 in the sleeping room! The baby will benefit from extra hydration. Hydration is important for moving the secretions. If they are dry, from dehydration...they will stick to the bronchus and be problematic. Make sure baby is very hydrated. If baby is in respiratory distress ...definatley take to the ER for evaluation and treatment. blue lips and fingernails is a sign baby is cyanotic, and is not getting enough O2.That condition is a medical emergency. But, hopefully you will not have that happen. Stay on your toes mommy, this is a rough patch, but aggressive care is needed right now! Always if you are unsure, call the doc or go to the local ER. You are your baby's best advocate....

Jamie - posted on 02/21/2010

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sadly there isn't much the doctor can do, my daughter just got over it, it lasted a few weeks with her, although I have known some baies who it has taken a few months to clear up. My advice is keep a vaporizer in the room with the baby at all times, I moved it down to the living room during the day, and back into the bedroom at night. He will have a lot of buggies, so keep is face clean as much as possible. I also had her sleeping propped up in her boppy at night, it helped her a lot. Also, when I took a shower I sat her on the floor of the bathroom with a few toys so she would breath in the steam and it loosened it all up. You also want to make sure that you keep all the toys and everything clean. I have a little bottle of bleach and water, (you can find how much bleach to use on the clorox website). Everyday when she went to bed I washed all the toys she played with and sprayed them with bleach, and let them airdry over night, just so nothing spread. Basically you just have to stay on top of it, and it is very contageous with other infants, so just be careful if you are around other small children. If you have any questions feel free to message me! :)

Margaretha - posted on 02/20/2010

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my youngest son had RSV at a month old and was in the hospital. once he was able to come home, i got him a cool mist humidifer and the doctor gave him a breathing machine with albuterol and it helped. i made sure that when i took him out, he was covered up good.

Donna - posted on 02/23/2010

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i don't know if this will help or not but i will tell you my story. I have 2 kids 5 and 2. they were both diagnosed with severe RSV at the age or 6 mths. All it really is, that doctors will not say, is asthma. A cool mist humidifier in the room at all times running, and this is weird but put chest rub on their feet with socks at bed time. If it gets bad enuff they should put the child on an inhaler with a mask to help breath it in, or a breathing machine. I do know from going thru this now for 6 yrs that the best help is to wait for the weather to change. Also if you can find an allergist that will test ur child it can be done when they are 6 mths old. Do NOT let a reg dr say no. had i not done it to my son i would never have found out that the tree in my front yard was a HUGE prob for him. Good luck and have patience. it does get easier as they get older.

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Cassie - posted on 02/24/2010

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my son was in the hospital with it for like 3 days they said to give him breathing treatments of albuterol (which you need your doctor to perscribe) use a humidifier especially where they sleep so that they can breath easily while laying down um tylenol for any discomfort and that was it... i hope this helps i would definately talk to your doctor about the albuterol its really simple you dont really even have to use the mask sometimes they have a tube you can put infront of their face so they breath it in... it losens up all the gunk in their chest so they can cough it up better

Elsie - posted on 02/22/2010

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Put him on your lap face down and do chest pats with his head lower then his legs, and after your steam him/her in the bathroom if he/ she is under the age of 1. let him/her lay on his stomach and mucus should start coming out of his nose. Hope this helps.

Amber - posted on 02/22/2010

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hey name is amber i lil boy had that when he was lil and thay put him in the h/p we stayed in here for 2 mo off and on but thay do have a med for it

Denise - posted on 02/21/2010

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RSV is one of the most come virus that we get a "cold" from. My doctor said it affects kids in various ways. Some have a normal cold, others end up in the hospital. Kind of like some chicken pox kids have a few and other have them internally. The humidifier and saline are good. Keep a close eye. My son never seemed to having anything worse than a cold, but my friend's son ended up in the hospital.

Felicia - posted on 02/21/2010

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My youngest actually had rsv when he was two months old. He was in the hospital for 5 days. It was so bad, he couldn't even drink his bottle. The doctors at the hospital said his O2 sat was 73%....so be careful of that. And they did give him something but, I'm sorry, I don't remember what. Some sort of antiviral med.

Jamie - posted on 02/21/2010

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just read through the other posts, my daughter did not have a breathng treatment either, unless it has gotten bad, and there is a lot of fluid in the lungs they won't give a nebulizer, so be greatful it's not too serious!

Tina - posted on 02/21/2010

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our daughter had it when she was for months the doc gave us some antiboitics to make sure she didnt develope anything else gave us a cough med since she was coughin soo bad she couldnt even sleep unless i was holding her with her head up and he gave us some ear drops due to the fact that she had been so congested with it that there was swelling behind her ears. He said that could have been part of the reason why she hadnt been eatin is that it was hurting her to suck her milk. (you know how it fels when you need to pop your ears). witht the first time i put those drops in her ears she actually drank a whole bottle i hope your little one feels better soon yall r in my prayers.

April - posted on 02/20/2010

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My son is 15 months old. He just got over RSV. I guess if they're really young then it's risky. My doc didnt do anything for my son. Just had to wait. Most kids get rsv..it's just like a really bad cold. I used a cool mist humidifier in my sons room at night. Helped with the stuffy nose and stuff. Hope he starts feeling better!

Theresa - posted on 02/20/2010

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My nephew had it and they gave my SIL a nebulizer to help. She was supposed to nbulize him several times a day. That was 5 years ago, maybe things have changed now. He's the only baby I've known with RSV.

Medic - posted on 02/20/2010

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I would be careful because even with my three year old he went from just having a cold then two days later it was RSV and by the middle of that night he was hospitalized with pnuemonia. Just watch how your baby is breathing if he starts breathing really deep really fast take him to the hospital... my son is on a nebulizer anyways so the treatments didn't have much of an efffect on him.

Ericka - posted on 02/20/2010

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Also if your son gets to the point where he doesn't want to eat you can give him pedialite to make sure he doesn't get dehydrated. Hope he starts to feel better

Ericka - posted on 02/20/2010

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My 3 month old daughter also has RSV there's not a whole lot you can do. Just make sure you use a humidifier and another thing I would recommend is taking your son in the bathroom turn on the shower all the way to hot and sit in there in the steam with him for 15 to 20 minutes. These things really helped my daughter. You may also want to talk to your doctor about putting your son on nebulizer treatments. Hope this helps

Yuki - posted on 02/20/2010

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There's not a whole lot you can do, but wait it out and hope it doesn't turn into pneumonia or something. Just try to make your baby comfortable. A humidifier in the room, keeping their nose clear and Tylenol or Motrin for the fever will help. Cuddling was a big help for my son, too, but that's subjective. RSV is the pits. Good luck and I hope your baby starts feeling better soon.

Nicole - posted on 02/20/2010

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you can use saline nose drops and suck his nose out...otherwise he most likely will have that "full" feeling, not want to eat, and get dehydrated.

Jasmine - posted on 02/20/2010

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ok well if they didnt give you anything you can turn the shower as hot as it will go and sit near it and the steam helps when my daughter had it they put her in the hospital and feed her iv fluids and antibiotics they did a spinal tap and ran all kinds of test she was in the hospital for about a week i would be finding a different doc and soon

Sarah - posted on 02/20/2010

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The doctor i went to didnt give me anything he just told me it was going to get either better or worse...

Kayliecia - posted on 02/20/2010

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my son has it and your right they cant do much..rsv is going around...they gave my son a nebulizer..i got this from web md hope this helps. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection - Treatment Overview
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections are usually mild and seem like a common cold. In most cases, RSV infections go away on their own in about 10 to 14 days. Home treatment to ease symptoms and prevent complications is usually all that is needed.

Watch for signs of dehydration. Make sure to replace fluids lost through rapid breathing, fever, diarrhea, or vomiting. Encourage more frequent breast- or bottle-feeding. Avoid giving your baby sports drinks, soft drinks, undiluted fruit juice, or water. These beverages may contain too much sugar, contain too few calories, or lack the proper balance of essential minerals ( electrolytes).
Make your child more comfortable by helping relieve his or her symptoms. Sometimes a child may get some relief from medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, or from being kept in an upright position, which makes breathing easier.
Make sure you understand whether and when antibiotics are needed. Antibiotics are not usually given for RSV infections. But if your child develops complications, such as an ear infection ( otitis media), your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. Do not stop giving antibiotic medicine when your child starts to feel better. The entire prescription must be taken to completely kill the bacteria. If you do not give your child all the medicine, the bacterial infection may return.
Take care of yourself. Caring for a sick child can be very tiring physically and emotionally. You can best help your child when you are rested and feeling well.
Treatment for severe infection or complications
Children who develop lower respiratory infections, especially bronchiolitis, may need medicines, such as bronchodilators, in addition to home treatment. Although antibiotics are not used to treat RSV or any other viral infection, they are used when a bacterial infection, such as pneumonia, develops as a complication.

When complications develop in otherwise healthy children, corticosteroid medicines sometimes are used. But more study is needed before corticosteroids are routinely recommended for this purpose. 5

A child who is having difficulty breathing or is dehydrated may need to be cared for in a hospital. The child may need respiratory and other medical treatments. In very rare cases, some children receive the antiviral medicine ribavirin while they are in the hospital.

Pregnant women should avoid contact with a child who is receiving ribavirin.
If your child is in the hospital for RSV, there are extra measures you can take to make his or her stay comfortable.

Nicole - posted on 02/20/2010

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Did your doc not give him a breathing machine with some albuterol??? If not...that's what I believe they are supposed to do, as it affects their breathing and the albuterol opens up their airways. Kiley had RSV when she was about 4 months old and she got the breathing machine and albuterol and was told to have 3 treatments a day. She hated them but she got well so much faster. The machine still comes in handy...she has a cold right now and a stuffy nose so we gave her a treatment before bed and she already sounds a ton better today. Also, a humidifier or a Vicks plugin, but the plugin can be very potent so make sure you have good ventilation if you opt for that. Other than that...saline drops and sucking the nose out to help them breathe and eat better is about all you can do.

Mandy - posted on 02/20/2010

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From what I understand RSV is a condition where they are having trouble breathing. My girlfriend has had to make a fort out of blankets and stick a humidifyer under neath and sleep under there with her baby so they are sure to breathe it in. Hope that helps

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