What's Going Around - February 9, 2010

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

This time of year, we seem to see the same sysmptoms sticking around for weeks at a time. That is definitely the case with Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV. For almost a month now, it's been affecting local kids all over the area. So here's what to look for:

As we've reported, the symptoms of RSV are similar to a bad cold. You'll notice a fever, coughing, a runny nose, a sore throat and an earache in your child. Your child could also have trouble breathing.

You'll definitely want to keep in close contact with your doctor when it comes to RSV. We've had local physicians report kids ending up in the hospital because of it. But if the symptoms are mild, here's what you can do.

Bring down the fever, have your child get plenty of rest and give them lots of fluids. But if your child has trouble breathing or their symptoms get worse, talk to your doctor.

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