Kids are germ attractors, so you know at some point you and your new bundle of joy are going to have to suffer through the common cold. But what if the runny nose and cough that your infant has isn't a cold at all? It could actually be Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV for short.
RSV is a highly contagious disease that can infect the lungs. Nearly all children will catch it by the time they're 2 years old. In babies, RSV generally causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms and they can recover within 1-2 weeks. But in certain high-risk infants RSV can cause serious lung infections and hospitalization, and even be fatal.
Kari Judson had healthy twin boys who caught RSV right before their first birthday. In the video below, She and Dr. Gregory Sysyn talk about the dangers of RSV.
Babies who were born prematurely (before 35 weeks) and those with lung and heart disease are considered at high risk for contracting severe RSV. As Judson says, if you think there's something wrong with your child, it's better to seek medical treatment.