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What Are RSV Symptoms in Kids?

by | Feb 20, 2023

RSV symptoms in kids are easy to identify. KidsStreet Urgent Care is here to educate you on the common symptoms in children.  

What Is RSV?  

RSV virus in kids generally leads to a common cold. It affects the lungs and can make it difficult for children to breathe. The virus is extremely contagious, and most kids will have had it by their second birthday. 

What Are The Symptoms?  

The symptoms of RSV in kids are similar to those of the common cold. Typical symptoms in children older than one include:  

  • Fever 
  • Sore throat 
  • Runny or stuffy nose 
  • Headache 
  • Coughing 
  • Wheezing 
  • Sneezing 
  • Poor appetite 

Infants can display the symptoms a bit differently than older kids due to their inability to communicate. You may notice that your baby is more irritable, is having difficulty breathing, not sleeping as well, or not playing or moving around as much.  

What Are Other Complications Of RSV?  

RSV in kids can be extremely dangerous as it can lead to bronchitis and pneumonia. Additionally, children younger than one-year-old are at increased risk for complications with RSV. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of this virus to ensure it does not progress into a more serious illness. 

How Is RSV Diagnosed and Treated?  

While there is no official test for RSV, a medical provider can perform an exam to determine if your child has the virus. KidsStreet Urgent Care offers RSV testing and treatment in our pediatric urgent care services.  

Over-the-counter medications are the primary way to treat the symptoms of RSV. You should also ensure that your child is drinking plenty of fluids so they do not get dehydrated. 

Reducing The Spread Of RSV In Kids  

There is no sure way to completely prevent RSV, but there are a few best practices to reduce the spread. Some of the best methods include:  

  • Make sure your child washes their hands frequently. 
  • Have them cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing.
  • Keep your child home from school or daycare if they are having symptoms.  
  • Ensure your child is playing on sanitized surfaces.  

Turn To KidsStreet Urgent Care 

KidsStreet Urgent Care sees many cases of RSV each year, and we would love to help your child heal and feel better, FAST! You can register online and wait from the comfort of your home or car. We’ll send you a text when it is time to head to the clinic.  

Walk-ins are always welcome, but please be aware that registering online reduces in-clinic wait times. Walk-ins are added to the same queue as those who register online.  

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