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RSV Infection


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.


​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.
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