Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
See your doctor right away if your baby or child has moderate difficulty breathing, indicated by:
See your doctor if your child shows signs of a lower respiratory infection, indicated by:
Call a doctor if your child:
For an otherwise healthy child who has symptoms of an upper respiratory infection, such as a cough or runny nose, home treatment usually is all that is needed. But it is important to watch for signs and symptoms of complications, such as dehydration. For more information, see the Check Your Symptoms section of the topic Respiratory Problems, Age 11 and Younger.
Watchful waiting may not be appropriate when your child with an upper respiratory infection has an increased risk for complications. Watch your child closely if he or she has symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. If symptoms get worse or new symptoms develop, see a doctor right away.
Who To See
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection can be diagnosed and treated by a health professional such as a:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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