DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - While the flu season takes its toll, another health problem lurks for babies and toddlers. It comes in the form of a virus called RSV.
"It causes an illness called bronchiolitis not bronchitis, inflammation of small tubes in lungs," said Dr. Thomas Krzmarzick, Dayton Children's Medical Center.
The virus makes it tough for little ones to breathe.
As a parent or care giver you may notice wheezing or severe congestion.
In fact you may think the child is having an asthma attack.
"We don't have medicine to make it better. Children have to get better by themselves. If they get dehydrated or have such difficulty breathing, they'll be admitted to a hospital," said Dr. Krzmarzick.
More kids are admitted to Dayton Children's Medical Center because of RSV than the flu.
Parents need to be on high alert especially with children under the ages of three.
"If they're not eating, look for dehydration and breathing, how hard is it for them to breathe. If it's really fast or having a hard time, I suggest they be seen by a doctor."
Re-hydrating your sick child is critical. Doctors suggest Pedialyte, vaporizers and observation.
It's very easy for children to contract RSV. Physical contact and sneezing can spread the virus.
Once it reaches surfaces like doorknobs or infant clothes, it can survive for up to six hours.
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