This discussion guide can help you start the conversation about RSV with your healthcare provider and includes helpful information about RSV and how to prevent it.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is RSV?
- RSV or respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus is a seasonal virus, like the flu, that’s easily spread. Most children get RSV by age 2—it usually seems like a baby has a common cold. Learn More
- Is my baby at high risk for RSV disease?
- All babies are at risk for getting RSV; however, the consequences for high-risk babies are more serious. These babies include those born prematurely or with certain heart and lung problems. Learn More
- What is severe RSV disease?
- Severe RSV disease occurs when RSV enters the lungs and causes infection. Learn More
- What are the consequences of severe RSV disease?
- RSV is a leading cause of hospitalizations in the US for children less than 1 year of age. Learn More
- What are signs of RSV infection?
- Coughing or wheezing that doesn’t stop
- Fast or troubled breathing or gasping for breath
- Fever, especially if greater than 100.4 °F (rectal) in infants under 3 months of age
- Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
- Flared nostrils and/or increased chest retractions when trying to breathe
- How can I protect my baby from RSV?
Although there is no cure for RSV disease, there are measures you can take to help protect your baby from RSV:
- Wash your hands before touching your baby, and ask others to do the same
- Don’t let anyone smoke in your home or near your baby
- Wash your baby’s toys, clothes, and bedding often
- Keep your baby away from crowds, young children, and people with colds
- Talk to your baby’s healtcare provider to see if a medication to help protect your baby from RSV is right for your baby
- What should I do if I think my baby has RSV?
- Contact your healthcare provider right away if you notice RSV symptoms or think your baby might have RSV.