Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection
When To Call a Doctor
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if:
- Your child has Reference severe trouble breathing Opens New Window.
- Your child's breathing has stopped.
See your doctor right away if your baby or child has Reference moderate trouble breathing Opens New Window.
Call a doctor if your child:
- Breathes slightly faster than Reference 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 Reference Respiratory Problems, Age 11 and Younger.
For an otherwise healthy child who has symptoms of an Reference upper respiratory infection Opens New Window, 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 Reference dehydration Opens New Window.
Watchful waiting may not be appropriate when your child with an upper respiratory infection has Reference 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:
- Reference Family physician Opens New Window.
- Reference Pediatrician Opens New Window.
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window.
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 25, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics