Thursday, February 17, 2011

RSV- Respiratory Syncytial Virus

I have lots and lots of blogging to catch up on tonight while K is napping (hopefully) but for right now I'll tell you all about how she has Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)! :(

For those of you wondering what RSV is... here ya go!

"Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a very common virus that leads to mild, cold-like symptoms in adults and older healthy children. It can be more serious in young babies, especially to those in certain high-risk groups. 

RSV is the most common germ that causes lung and airway infections in infants and young children. Most infants have had this infection by age 2. Outbreaks of RSV infections most often begin in the fall and run into the spring."

Symptoms Include...

  • Bluish skin color due to a lack of oxygen (cyanosis)
  • Breathing difficulty or labored breathing
  • Cough
  • Croupy cough (often described as a "seal bark" cough)
  • Fever
  • Nasal flaring
  • Rapid breathing (tachypnea)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stuffy nose
  • Wheezing

The day before yesterday she suddenly came down with this really crappy cough, it got progressively worse through the day and by that night she sounded like a seal. I was up with her constantly through the night, and ended up elevating her bed and plugging in her vaporizer. Called the doctor early yesterday morning and they gave us a 1PM appointment. The doctor listened to her breathing and looked up her nose and decided that they should test for RSV. So they did the test and sent us home with a nebulizer that she has to use every 4 hours. We got a phone call around 8:30 last night saying that she definitely had it and that there would be a RX called in for us in the morning for a steroid to be used in her nebulizer twice a day. So far today she's got a fierce runny nose and a cough that breaks my heart every time I hear it. I feel so sad for her, but I'm happy we caught it early and are getting it treated!

getting her breathing treatments

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