Children should be wary of RSV virus

Health News

13 May 2022

Children should be wary of RSV virus.
      RSV is a type of virus that causes both upper and lower respiratory tract infections. Infection can occur in children and adults but it is more common in children. Especially young children under 5 years old, which can spread quickly causing many children to get sick at the same time. May cause the child to have difficulty breathing or pneumonia.

Most of the symptoms when infected with RSV are similar to those of a common fever. However, there are some noticeable symptoms a child may be exposed to, such as:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Dimpled chest.
  • Wheezing.
  • Fast breathing
  • Heavy cough.
  • A lot of sputum.
  • Have a sound in the lungs.
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      RSV is transmitted directly through contact with body fluids such as mucus, saliva, phlegm, droplets from coughs and sneezes. RSV can live in the environment for several hours and on hands for 30 minutes. If your hands come into contact with RSV-containing secretions and then come in contact with the nose, mouth, and conjunctiva, there is a high chance of contracting this infection. When the body has been infected, the incubation period for the disease is approximately 5 days, and then symptoms gradually begin to show.

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Here are some ways to prevent RSV infection:
  • Wash your hands often and keep it clean.
  • Clean the house and toys regularly.
  • Eat a variety of foods and be hygienic.
  • Drink enough water.
  • Get enough rest to strengthen your immune system.
  • Avoid taking small children in crowded places.
  • If a child is sick, it should be separated from an uninfected child to prevent the spread of germs.
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