Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection - When To Call a Doctor
Call911or other emergency services right away if:
See your doctor right away if your
baby or child has moderate trouble breathing.
Call a doctor if your child:
- Breathes slightly faster than normal and seems to be getting
worse. Most healthy children breathe less than 40 times a minute.
- Has cold symptoms that become severe.
- Has shallow coughing, which continues throughout the day and night.
- Has poor appetite or decreased activity level.
- Has any trouble breathing.
For more information on what to do if your child has trouble breathing, see
Respiratory Problems, Age 11 and Younger.
For an otherwise healthy child who has symptoms
of an upper respiratory infection, such as a cough or runny nose, home
treatment usually is all that is needed. But it is important to watch for signs
and symptoms of
complications, such as
Watchful waiting may not be appropriate when your
child with an upper respiratory infection has
an increased risk for complications. Watch your child closely if he or she
has symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. If symptoms get worse or new
symptoms develop, see a doctor right away.
Who to see
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection can be
diagnosed and treated by a health professional such as a:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.