RSV on the rise and what it could mean for children

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 10:47 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As if flu and cold season aren’t enough, there’s another virus for parents to watch out for.

The sickness commonly known as RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus is the most common virus seen in children under 2 years old, putting them in the hospital.

The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center has seen an increase in children being admitted.

Experts believe this may be due to quarantining and sterilization during the pandemic, which is better than the alternative but has kept babies from developing their natural immunities, on a regular schedule.

A CRMC Pediatrician stated they did not see one case last year. Symptoms include severe coughing, vomiting and excess mucous.

Babies who are having problems breathing or not drinking or eating frequently should see a doctor immediately.

“We definitely have seen some of our highest hospitalization rates ever, that i’ve seen in 22 years. We definitely have seen overall patients over 20 a day. Which is definitely more than we see, especially this time of year,” said Dr. Danae, Stampfli, Pediatrician, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

Parents can wash hands and wipe things down to help babies stay healthy.

Parents also need to be aware that other viruses like Flu and Covid-19 have similar symptoms and should avoid over-exposing babies to risk during the pandemic.

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