Posted by admin on January 3, 2011
My one year old daughter has RSV and is coughing constantly in her sleep?
Is it normal for my daughter to cough all night in her sleep? She has RSV and this is her second day with it. She’s never had a cough or any kind of chest cold since she was born.. so I don’t know what is normal. It’s a really congested cough, not dry. I’m also widowed so I’m doing this alone. The doctor said the RSV is nothign to worry about because of her age, but what should I do for her cough and has anyone experienced this really bad cough with their babies and is it normal?
Answer by gangadharan_nair
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and human metapneumovirus infections cause seasonal lower respiratory tract disease, particularly in infants and young children. Disease may be asymptomatic, mild, or severe, including bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Although diagnosis is usually clinical, laboratory diagnosis is readily available. Treatment is supportive.(Merck)
RSV infection may rarely cause death in infants, but this is unlikely if the child is seen early in the course of the illness.
In older children and adults, the disease will usually be quite mild.
Some evidence suggests that children who have had RSV bronchiolitis have an increased risk for asthma.(MedlinePlus)
Answer by 2008mom
Fortunately, most cases of RSV are mild and require no specific treatment from doctors. Antibiotics aren’t used because RSV is a virus and antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Medication may sometimes be given to help open airways.
In an infant, however, an RSV infection can be more serious and may require hospitalization so that the baby can be watched closely, receive fluids, and, if necessary, be treated for breathing problems.
At home, make a child with an RSV infection as comfortable as possible, allow time for recovery, and provide plenty of fluids. The last part can be tricky, however, because babies may not feel like drinking. In that case, offer fluids in small amounts at more frequent intervals than usual.
To help your child breathe easier, use a cool-mist vaporizer during the winter months to keep the air moist — winter air can dry out airways and make the mucus stickier. Avoid hot-water and steam humidifiers, which can be hazardous and can cause scalding. If you use a cool-mist humidifier, clean it daily with household bleach to discourage mold.
If your child is uncomfortable and too young to blow his or her own nose, use a nasal aspirator (or bulb syringe) to remove sticky nasal fluids.
Treat fever using a nonaspirin fever medicine like acetaminophen. Aspirin should NOT be used in children with viral illnesses since its use in such cases has been associated with Reye syndrome, a life-threatening illness.
Answer by the_shadow_of_that_albatross
Normally this would be treated with an antibiotic, and liquid salbutamol to help her breathing. I know doctors do not like to over prescribe, but I would take her back if you are worried. You may be able to help her by leaving bowls of very hot water in her room to make steam, sometimes adding a few drops of Olbas oil to the water helps as well.
Answer by chILD Mom
If she has RSV and is coughing constantly in her sleep, she needs further medical treatment. It sounds to me like she may need treatment with a nebulizer and a medication like albuterol (commonly used in asthmatics). My youngest son (now 1) has been hospitalized twice since December with RSV, and he required nebulizer treatments due to congestion and non-stop coughing. He is not an asthmatic, but the neb treatments really helped open him up so he could stop coughing and rest better. Good luck, and I hope your little one feels better soon.
baby coughing in sleep: My one year old daughter has RSV and is coughing constantly in her sleep?