Help your child to keep the air passages clean and not congested.
To use the Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator is the most efficient and safe way to clear mucus from the baby's nose.
If your baby has a lot of nasal mucus, you can get saline spray or nose spray at the pharmacy. Ask the doctor
or pharmacist for correct strength and dose.
Clear the nose of mucus prior to applying nose spray.
Pick up your baby, pat the baby's back, turning him around and turning him over often to loosen the
Let the baby sleep in his/her car seat, in a more upright position to help your baby breath easier.
This method is often used in hospitals in Sweden, when babies need hospital care for rsv.
Sitting makes it easier for the baby to breath, to get rid of mucus and cough it up.
Give your baby a lot to drink.
Continue with breast feeding is very important.
If you are unsure about the babys' body weight you can go to the child health care center or your doctor's office
after the other children have left for the day for a weight check.
If the baby is exhausted due to infant fever or has pain when coughing you can get fever reducing and pain
relieving medication at your pharmacy.
But you need to consult with your baby's doctor first or the hospital.
If you have concerns call your doctor or the hospital and talk to a nurse or doctor at any time.
RSV In Infant Contamination
RS-virus is most contagious in the beginning of the illness.
The virus contaminates by body contact with infected people.
Contact with contaminated objects.
Inhaling small drops from coughing and sneezing people.
The infection starts most of all when the virus gets in contact with mucus membranes in nose, mouth and
For example when rubbing the eye with a finger or putting the fingers in the mouth after the hands have
The virus can survive at least 12 hours on hard surfaces as door knobs and toys.
The ones who have had the illness don't get immune and can therefore be sick again, but the symptoms get milder.
However you can still spread the contamination further, especially to day care playmates and small siblings.
There is no vaccine against RS-virus.
Preventing Contamination Of RSV In Infant
If your baby is under six months of age, avoid as much as possible to come in contact with people who have a
Keeping siblings apart is hardly possible, but children parties, friends and relatives with a cold virus should
Avoid crowds of people during the cold season.
Be extra careful with hand hygiene when you have a baby, especially if you have a cold yourself or if your have
older children that have colds.
Wash hands often and carefully with soap and warm water.
You can't prevent RS virus infection by breastfeeding.
Care Of RS-Virus In Children
If your child gets a cold that develops with strong coughing and breathing problems or loss of fluid you
need to visit the nearest emergency clinic.
Older Children With RSV Infection
If your child is older you can care for the child at home.
However it is important to be on the outlook for signs of loss of body fluids and increasing difficulty
Also check if the child gets listless, hard to communicate with, pale fatigued and impossible to comfort because
of coughing or difficulty breathing.
Urinating less, or have less than two heavy wet diapers per day, or has a dry diaper after 8-12
Hospital Treatment Of RS Virus In Children
The doctor will find if your baby has RS virus by taking and testing some mucus from the nasal cavity.
If the infection is mild there is no need for special treatment.
It is first of all small babies that need hospital care because of serious RSV infection.
With hospital treatment the child gets help to get rid of mucus from the air passages and get enough fluid and
Often babies get treated with Oxygen and a few times respirator care.
Small babies increased risk of getting a serious RS virus infection, are children with chronic lung disease or
These children can get preventive treatment with special gamma globulin against RS virus, which prevents the
child from getting a severe illness.
Antibiotics have no effect on RS virus infection.
Antibiotics only helps against infections caused by bacteria.
The RSV infection is usually over in two weeks, but many babies can cough for a long time afterward.
Some babies with RSV in infant, who have been so sick that they needed hospital care for RS virus infection,
can get new breathing problems in connection with colds a few years after the RSV infection.
Acknowledgment: SMI - Smittskyddsinstitutet, Sweden