Your baby may look like he or she has a common cold with a fever and runny nose, but it could be something much more serious like Respiratory Syncytial Virus, commonly known as RSV. According to the American Lung Association, nearly 100% of all infants are infected with RSV before the age of two.1 Because of the prevalence of RSV in the fall and winter months, the medical professionals at Medco ER have some tips to help you know what to look for if your baby gets sick.
Each year, approximately 58,000 to 80,000 children in the United States are hospitalized from RSV.2 Infants and premature infants are at a higher risk of contracting the RSV infection. It is a highly contagious and easily transmittable virus. It can be picked up from handling contaminated objects or by being on the receiving end of someone coughing or sneezing.
While infants or babies may not show all of the most common symptoms, parents should watch out for listlessness, decreased appetite, fussiness and changes in breathing. Infants with RSV may require a hospital stay.3
Here are some other symptoms of RSV:
- Runny nose
- Blueish lips and fingernails
- Short, shallow breathing
- Difficulty breathing, wheezing, caving of chest to pull hard
- Flared nostrils
- Not eating or drinking as usual
Testing and Treatment
Your physician may order a test to check white blood cell counts and to look for viruses to confirm an RSV diagnosis. A person infected with RSV may experience additional complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia or dehydration.
“If your baby or child is sick with a fever and runny nose,” said Medco ER’s Medical Director, Dr. Nasir Khan, “bring him or her in right away to be checked. Because RSV is so common and can quickly escalate into an emergency, it’s good to be checked out right away. In Texas, the cases of RSV in infants are on the rise, so it’s time for parents to be extra cautious.”
“If your baby has a fever, is not eating or drinking well, has a cough, or is wheezing or breathing hard, bring him or her into Medco ER right away,” said Dr. Khan. “Listlessness and difficulty breathing are warning signs that something serious is going on.”
RSV is so common that your baby is almost certain to contract it at some point. It can be contracted at any age, not just infancy, so adults could transmit it, too. While not every RSV infection escalates into an emergency, there are some steps you can take to try to protect your baby from infection.
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Don’t share cups or toys
- Wash hands frequently
Get Help Fast at Medco ER
If your baby is sick and has a fever, come to Medco ER any time day or night for fast help from board-certified physicians. We are always open and ready to treat you or your baby. We can diagnose and treat RSV in infants, babies children and adults. Our rapid-results labs can test for RSV and we can check for complications while providing some of the best medical care available in Plano, TX.
Plano: 3960 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75023 (on the corner of Legacy and Coit Road)
Call us @ 469-747-0370
The health and wellness of your children is the #1 concern for parents. When they get sick or injured, it’s only natural that you want to take them to the best quality doctors available. At Medco ER & Urgent Care, we are focused on providing the best pediatric healthcare in North Texas.
Babies and children require specialized care, and that’s exactly what we aim to provide. From the time you and your little ones enter our facility until the time you leave, rest assured that you are receiving top-quality pediatric healthcare services from a caring and engaged team of professionals.
We have focused on these top 3 pediatric care services that every parent deserves to have for their children:
1. Board-Certified Physicians
Seeing an advanced provider such as a Physician Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner may be ok at times, but when your child is sick or injured, it’s comforting to know that your doctor is a board-certified physician with years of experience in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. “Our physicians are fully capable of treating children with various injuries and ailments,” said Medco ER & Urgent Care’s Regional Medical Director, Dr. Tariq Vora. “And they truly enjoy working with children.”
2. Kid-Friendly Environment
We realize that kids don’t like to wait. Truth be told, adults are not a big fan of waiting either. That is why we have perfected the little-to-no-wait & fast access to service. Within minutes of checking in, your child will be taken to a fun, space themed & kid-friendly exam room that has colorfully decorated walls and interesting things to do. Our concierge service offers a lot of welcoming opportunities and, before the kids realize it, the visit seems to be conveniently over! Now that‘s what we call quality service.
3. The right equipment and labs
Kids are not just small adults, they are unique. That’s why we make sure our face masks are the proper size and are decorated with fun designs suitable for children. We also have a stock of child-friendly equipment that makes it easy to smoothly deliver the necessary diagnostic tests and treatments.
Waiting for a medical diagnosis can be sometimes scary for both you and your children. That is why we offer rapid access to labs such as strep, flu, blood tests and even x-rays right on site. The test results are quickly available for a fast and efficient service. “We have prioritized access to rapid delivery of services to ensure that we can offer some of the best care possible to the children and their parents,” said Dr. Vora.
Where can I find pediatric emergency care?
If your child is sick or injured, don’t worry! Medco ER & Urgent Care is conveniently located close to your home. Injuries and sicknesses can occur anytime, and that’s why we are open—24/7— even on weekends and holidays. We are here and ready to serve you when you need us, with the excellent pediatric care that can help your little one feel all better again.
- 3960 Legacy Drive (corner of Legacy and Coit Road), Plano, TX
Feel free to call us anytime @ 469-392-4000.