Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Care for a child with RSV
There are many things you can do at home to help a child with a mild case of RSV feel better:
- Give plenty of clear fluids to prevent dehydration — diluted juice, water and popsicles, Pedialyte or another electrolyte drink for children — to prevent dehydration.
- Use a cool-mist vaporizer to humidify the air, soothe irritated breathing passages and relieve coughing.
- Use saline (salt water) nose drops to loosen mucus in the nose (you buy these at the drugstore over the counter).
- For children who are too young to blow their nose, use a nasal aspirator to remove sticky nasal fluids.
- Treat fever using a non-aspirin fever medicine like acetaminophen (for example, Children's Tylenol or Tempra). Never give a child or teen acetylsalicylic acid (also called ASA or aspirin).