JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A local mother told News4Jax that her 13-month-old son fought for his life at Wolfson Children's Hospital.
Jaclyn Lee said that her son, Nicson, had been diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, and was in critical condition at the pediatric intensive care unit at Wolfson, where he was connected to a machine to help the heart and lungs keep working.
He wants other parents to know the signs, symptoms, and dangers of the respiratory virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of RSV infection usually include colds, decreased appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, and wheezing.
News4Jax talked to Dr. Rachna Krish, a local pediatrician, about RSV. He said it was happening now and, in fact, he had just handled a case last week.
Krish explains what you need to know about RSV:
"This is a respiratory virus that affects children generally under the age of 2. Not everyone can get it. Usually in winter – it comes with the flu. Usually it looks like the flu, and most of the time, it's OK. It will disappear Only rare cases where it occurs, you know, causes a lot of respiratory problems, and in that case, I would strongly advise you to go see your doctor before it gets too severe and you end up in the emergency room.
"You can experience coughing, high fever, congestion and usually, that's all. And usually it will last a week or two, and then it will disappear, and you will only think it's the common cold.
"Because it's a virus, just like most viruses, there's actually no treatment like antibiotics, but what we do is we try to treat the symptoms. So, in that case, if the child has difficulty breathing or wheezing, then we can give them albuterol nebulizer treatment, that we use for asthma, but that doesn't mean that your child has asthma or anything, it's just how we treat wheezing and breathing difficulties, only supportive care. We make sure they don't get dehydrated, because many of them will experience decreased appetite, so you want to make sure that they are still drinking, and you can use steam showers and moisturizers, things like that just to help jam because there are lots of jams.
"There really isn't much you can do to prevent it. If you are in daycare and, you know, things like that, you are more likely to get it. So, be more careful about it and just try to keep it your child is as healthy as possible, every child under the age of 2 can understand, so it can be in a new baby, and when a new baby is born, it is very, very serious, very dangerous, and that's when we strongly recommend you to come see us , your doctor or go to the emergency room. "
There is no vaccine for RSV. Doctors can only treat the symptoms.
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