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).
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Page Last Updated: 19/08/2014