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How do you treat respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in babies and young children at home?

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For most babies and young children with RSV, here are ways to treat them at home:

  • Remove sticky nasal fluids with a bulb syringe using saline drops
  • Use a cool-mist vaporizer to keep the air moist and make breathing easier
  • Give your little one fluids in small amounts throughout the day
  • Use non-aspirin fever-reducers such as acetaminophen. Check the label and follow all directions carefully.

From: RSV in Babies: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)."

CDC: "Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV)."

KidsHealth: "About RSV."

March of Dimes: "RSV."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)."

CDC: "Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV)."

KidsHealth: "About RSV."

March of Dimes: "RSV."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 10, 2018

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