It’s been almost two years since Knox was admitted to hospital for RSV.
What is RSV? Well, it’s full name is Respiratory Syncytial Virus (although I like to refer to it as the “Really Sucky Virus”) and besides being ridiculously contagious it is one of the main causes of respiratory illnesses in young children. Not only is it spread by a cough or sneeze, traces left on surfaces also transmit the disease.
Apparently almost all kids are infected with RSV at least once by the time they reach 2 years old.
The girls managed to evade it (or maybe it just presented itself in the sniffles – it’s not always necessary to actually check to make sure that it really is RSV), but Knox was hit hard. He was just a little poppet, only like 6 months old or something and he stopped eating and could hardly breathe without hacking out a lung.
While confined to the “contagious” section of the childrens ward, he was poked and pricked and had things shoved in places he’d rather forget, but we finally made it out and tried to forget about the whole thing.
Except we couldn’t.
The poor little dude would just have a bit of a runny nose for a couple of days and then suddenly he had another chest infection. By the time March rolled around, he’d already been sick four times!!! I couldn’t take it anymore (and let’s face it – neither could my wallet) and so I headed off to the pead for a preventative treatment plan.
Good thing we did, because apparently after having RSV the patient is highly susceptible to further chest infections for the next couple of years.
So to prevent it, we now have a combination of nose drops, a pump to be administered through the spacer mask and an anti-allergic medicine (Allecet) to minimise the reaction he has to things that he may be struggling with.
Since March he has only been sick once. Woohoo!
If your kid has been struggling with chest infections, I hope that this has helped a bit, if not here’s…
When to Call the Doctor
Call the doctor if your child has any of these symptoms:
- high fever with ill appearance
- thick nasal discharge
- worsening cough or cough that produces yellow, green, or gray mucus
- signs of dehydration
- trouble breathing
In infants, besides the symptoms already mentioned, call the doctor if your baby is unusually irritable or inactive, or refuses to breastfeed or bottle-feed.
Seek immediate medical help if you feel your child is having difficulty breathing or is breathing very rapidly, is lethargic, or if his or her lips or fingernails appear blue.