A to Z: Respiratory Syncytial Virusenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about RSV, a contagious infection that's a major cause of respiratory illness in young children.A to Z, respiratory syncytial virus, respiratory, syncytial, virus, viruses, colds, respiration, lungs, lung infections, stuffy nose, runny nose, sore throat, mild headache, cough, fever, bronchiolitis, pneumonia12/05/201203/21/201909/02/201938b5d2ed-89e2-490d-a9ca-2bf20d17f1d2https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-rsv.html/<p><em>May also be called: RSV</em></p> <p>Respiratory syncytial (sin-sish-EE-ul) virus (RSV) is a contagious infection of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lungs.html/">lungs</a> and breathing passages.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rsv.html/">RSV</a> is highly contagious and a major cause of respiratory illness in young children. The virus&nbsp;spreads through droplets in coughs or sneezes, or when someone touches a contaminated surface (like a countertop or doorknob).</p> <p>Most children have had an RSV&nbsp;infection by age 2. Older kids might have only mild, cold-like symptoms (cough, stuffy nose, low-grade fever), but infants younger than 1 year old&nbsp;may have more severe symptoms and trouble breathing. Most at risk are premature babies and kids with diseases that affect the lungs, heart, or immune system.</p> <p>RSV can cause respiratory illnesses, such as&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/croup.html/">croup</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bronchiolitis.html/">bronchiolitis</a>, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pneumonia.html/">pneumonia</a>, as well as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/">ear infections</a>.</p> <p>Home care and making kids as comfortable as possible usually is enough to manage RSV. Babies, though, might need to be hospitalized to watch for breathing difficulties and other problems.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Thorough and frequent hand washing is key in preventing the spread of RSV. At-risk infants can be given a monthly injection of a medication containing RSV antibodies during peak RSV season (roughly November to April).</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
CroupCroup often causes kids to have a loud cough that sounds like a seal barking. Most cases of croup are caused by viruses, are mild, and can be treated at home.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/croup.html/74193534-9eb3-4424-b13d-f36ab6db0fc4
Lungs and Respiratory SystemBy the time we're 70 years old, we will have taken at least 600 million breaths. All of this breathing couldn't happen without the respiratory system.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lungs.html/6fe380c0-fe47-47a4-ba19-7e0944585a61
PneumoniaPneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by different types of germs, most commonly viruses. Read about symptoms and treatment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pneumonia.html/04648784-6e52-4b69-8d5c-9525558b42e5
Respiratory Syncytial VirusRespiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of respiratory illness in young children. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of this contagious infection.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rsv.html/c2c86da2-f08c-4d9a-b6c2-22d4d117778a
Taking Your Preemie HomeIf you're about to begin caring for your preemie at home, try to relax. With some preparation and planning, you'll be ready.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preemie-home.html/28668b51-a8c9-44fb-bc03-34064230e09f
kh:age-allAgesOrAgeAgnostickh:clinicalDesignation-pulmonologykh:genre-dictionarykh:primaryClinicalDesignation-pulmonologyRhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/r/012fd33e-cb6e-4d0a-b39f-aadb2f2aee68Pulmonology A to Zhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/az-pulm/8b11d6c4-0956-412e-9db7-0bcd2e4150e1