Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection - Home Treatment
When to use home treatment
Most mild to moderate
respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections in
otherwise healthy people are like the common cold and can be treated at home.
If your child is older than 12 months of age and is not at risk for
complications from RSV infection, try home treatment.
But RSV infections in people with an increased risk of complications need close
Watch for signs of
dehydration. Make sure to replace fluids lost through
rapid breathing, fever, diarrhea, or vomiting. Encourage more frequent breast-
or bottle-feeding. Avoid giving your baby sports drinks, soft drinks, undiluted
fruit juice, or water. These beverages may contain too much sugar, contain too
few calories, or lack the proper balance of essential minerals (electrolytes).
Antibiotics are not usually
given for viral infections. But if your child develops complications of RSV, such as an
ear infection, your doctor may prescribe an
antibiotic. Do not stop giving antibiotic medicine when your child starts to
feel better. The entire prescription must be taken to completely kill the
bacteria. If you do not give your child all the medicine, the bacterial
infection may return.
Take care of yourself. Caring for a sick child can be
very tiring physically and emotionally. You can best help your child when you
are rested and feeling well.