The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
Did you know that respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is the most
common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in children? Most
children are infected with RSV during the first year of life and almost
all have been infected by age two. In healthy infants, the virus causes
fever, a runny nose and cough. However, premature infants or infants
with lung disease can develop serious lower respiratory tract
infections. For these children, RSV can lead to hospitalization. The
virus is highly contagious, so if your child is at higher risk for RSV
complications, follow these tips to avoid exposure to the virus. Always
wash your hands with warm water and soap just before holding your baby
and make certain that relatives and caregivers do the same. Avoid
visiting crowded areas such as shopping centers with your baby. Do not
smoke around your baby.