Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection - Symptoms
respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection affects
the nose and throat (upper
respiratory system ), symptoms are usually mild and
resemble those of the common cold. They include:
- Stuffy or runny nose.
- Mild sore throat.
- Fever, usually at the beginning of the illness. A high fever does
not mean the illness is more severe.
Babies may have additional symptoms, including:
- A decreased interest in their surroundings.
- Listlessness and sleepiness.
- Fretfulness (irritability) and not sleeping well.
- Poor feeding.
- Apnea, where breathing stops for about 15 to 20 seconds. This
usually occurs only in babies who were born
prematurely and who also have a history of apnea.
It is hard to distinguish between a common cold and
RSV infection. But unless you or your child has an increased risk of
complications from RSV, it usually is not important to know which virus causes
RSV infection sometimes leads to
pneumonia or both.
Symptoms of these
- Difficulty breathing, which may include breathing more
- Coughing that is getting worse. A child may choke or vomit from
- Lethargy, increased tiredness, decreased interest in
surroundings, or loss of interest in food.