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Protect your baby from RSV

Almost all babies will have RSV before their 2nd birthday. For most babies, RSV is like having a cold. But some babies may get very sick. Protect your baby from serious RSV illness.

1.) Monitor your baby's symptoms. Your child may have symptoms in stages, not all at once. Symptoms may last about 1-2 weeks.

Symptoms may include: fussiness, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, fever, wheezing.

2.) Provide your baby with comfort care. There is no specific treatment for RSV. Keep your baby comfortable at home.

  • Treat fever or pain with acetaminophen or ibuprofen if your baby is 6 months or older. Do NOT give your baby aspirin or cold medicines.

  • Run a cool mist humidifier in the room.

  • Suction your baby's nose to allow easier breathing and feeding.

  • Encourage your baby to drink often to stay hydrated. Breastmilk is best.

3.) Call your baby's doctor if:

  • Your baby pauses or has trouble breathing. Look for an upside down "v" shape in the neck or ribs when your baby breathes.

  • Has fewer than 1 wet diaper in 8 hours.

  • Has blue lips, tongue or skin.

  • Has significantly less than normal activity or alertness.


  • Encourage everyone in your home to wash their hands often.

  • Clean common surfaces and items to get rid of germs.

  • Stay current on all vaccinations.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

  • Keep a distance from people who are sick.


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