JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A local mom told News4Jax that her 13-month-old son is fighting for her life at Wolfson Children's Hospital.
Jaclyn Lee said her son, Nicson, has been diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, and is in critical condition in the intensive care unit for children at Wolfson, where he is connected to a machine to help his heart and lungs continue to work .
She wants other parents to know the signs, symptoms and dangers of the respiratory virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of RSV infection usually include runny nose, decreased appetite, cough, sneezing, fever and wheezing.
News4Jax spoke with Dr. Rachna Krish, a local pediatrician, about RSV. She said it was going on right now and in fact she was only treating one case of it last week.
Krish explained what you need to know about RSV:
"It's a respiratory virus that affects children who are usually under the age of 2. Not everyone can get it. It's usually during the winter season ̵
"You may have cough, high fever, congestion and usually it is. And it will usually last one or two weeks, and then it will disappear, and you just think it's a common cold.
"Because it is a virus, like most viruses, there is really no treatment per se like antibiotics, but what we do is we try to treat the symptoms. So in that sense, if the child has difficulty breathing or wheezing breathing, then we can give them albuterol destruction treatments, which is what we use for asthma, but that doesn't mean your child has asthma or something like that. That's just the way we treat breathing difficulties. The rest of it is just supportive care. that they do not become dehydrated, as a lot of them will have reduced appetite, so you want to make sure they are still drinking, and you can only use steamy showers and humidifiers, such things to only help with the overload because it is very overload.  "There really isn't much you can do to prevent it. If you are in a daycare and you know things like that, you are more likely to get it. So just be more in search of it and just try to keep your baby as healthy as you can. All children under 2 can (get it), so it can be in newborns. And when it is with newborns, it is very, very serious, very dangerous, and that is when we strongly encourage you to come to us, your doctor or go to the emergency room. "
There is no vaccine against RSV. Doctors can only treat the symptoms.
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