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Does My Child Have Respiratory Syncytial Virus?

While Respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV), might result in a common and annoying cold for healthy adults and older children, this highly contagious lung infection can result in a severe respiratory illness that blocks the breathing airways in young children.

This air-bourn virus can hit babies and young children extremely hard, graduating quickly from seemingly mild influenza symptoms to severe bronchitis and even pneumonia within four to six days following viral exposure.

Here are the 10 telltale signs of RSV in small children…

1. Nasal Congestion

A stuffy or runny nose will often be one of the first signs of RSV. This can be easily mistaken for a common cold, of which nasal congestion is a common symptom. If over the counter medication doesn’t seem to help, it may be indicative of a more serious health issue, like respiratory illness.

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