For most babies and young children, the infection causes nothing more than a cold.
But for a small percentage, infection with RSV can lead to serious health problems. Two common health conditions are bronchiolitis, where the small airways of the lungs get infected, and pneumonia which can be deadly in a baby.
To give you some perspective of how dangerous an RSV infection can be to a baby, one to two out of every 100 babies younger than six months with RSV need to be hospitalised. Once in hospital, they may require oxygen, intubation and/or help with breathing, via mechanical ventilation.
At risk of developing severe health conditions due to RSV are:
- Premature babies
- Newborns between the age of eight to 10 weeks old
- Children under the age of two, born with lung or heart conditions
- Little ones whose immune systems are weak due to medication or illness
In order to get prompt medical help for a little one with this infection, it’s crucial parents are aware of RSV in baby symptoms.