PARENTS are asked to know this Signs of trouble breathing in babiese, while nasty child viruses are popping up across the country.
New figures from the UK’s Health Security Agency show there has been a surge in influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases in children under five this winter.
Babies and young children are particularly at risk for these infections, which can lead to serious problems such as bronchitis, pneumonia and even death.
In a disturbing clip shared by parent organization Tiny Hearts Education, a baby with RSV has got worse and worse as he struggled to breathe despite doctors’ intervention.
It highlights several symptoms of the virus that parents should be aware of.
RSV is a leading cause of infant mortality and is particularly dangerous for premature babies, yet many parents are unaware that their child may be at risk.
The video, which begins on a Tuesday morning, shows the baby “struggling to breathe and struggle with feeding,” according to the mother.
On Tuesday afternoon, the mother took the little girl to the hospital because her breathing was getting worse.
There, doctors diagnosed the little one with RSV and a secondary condition, bronchitis.
At 4 p.m., the mother said her baby was “difficult to breathe” and was now being fed breast milk via a tube.
As 10 p.m. rolled in, the baby was “really going downhill,” the mother explained.
At this point you can see the baby suckling around their ribs – a common sign of RSV.
The baby, whose head can be seen bobbing up and down – another common symptom of the virus – was then given oxygen to help him breathe.
By Wednesday, the baby, who has shown no signs of recovery, will be taken to intensive care for further medical support.
Luckily the baby is seen to be better on Thursday morning and by the afternoon she is well enough to be transferred back to the pediatric ward and out of the intensive care unit.
What are the signs and symptoms of RSV?
Naomi Watt, respiratory care specialist at charity Asthma + Lung UK, says: “RSV is a common virus that usually affects babies and children under the age of two. Most of the time, the symptoms are very mild and can be treated at home.
“RSV starts with a stuffy or runny nose and can lead to a cough, fever, and sometimes difficulty breathing.
“The good news is that in most children it goes away in a few days without treatment.
“On rare occasions, some children develop more severe symptoms.
“RSV can sometimes lead to bronchiolitis, an infection of the smaller airways in the lungs.”
RSV warning signs include:
- Refusal to breastfeed or bottle-feed.
- Faster and louder breathing (wheezes).
- Appears very tired, upset, or inactive.
- Signs of dehydration – no tears when crying, little or no urine in the diaper for six hours, and cool, dry skin.
Naomi says, “We encourage any parent who is concerned that their child has RSV or bronchiolitis to speak to their doctor or call 111.”
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