Helping your CHILD suffering from Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

Helping your CHILD suffering from Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

RSV Prevention

There are steps you can take to help prevent the spread of RSV. Specifically, if you have cold-like symptoms you should:

Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, not your hands Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; 

Avoid close contact, such as kissing, shaking hands, and sharing cups and eating utensils, with others

Clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and mobile devices;

Ideally, people with cold-like symptoms should not interact with children at high risk for severe RSV disease, including premature infants, children younger than 2 years of age with chronic lung or heart conditions, children with weakened immune systems, or children with neuromuscular disorders. If this is not possible, they should carefully follow the prevention steps mentioned above and wash their hands before interacting with such children. They should also refrain from kissing high-risk children while they have cold-like symptoms.

Parents of CHILDREN at high risk for developing severe RSV disease should help their child, when possible, do the following:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching their face with unwashed hands
  • Limit the time they spend in childcare centers or other potentially contagious settings during periods of high RSV activity. This may help prevent infection and spread of the virus during the RSV season
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
    Wash your hands often
  • Cover your coughs & sneezes
    Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when you’re sick
     
  • Source: CDC
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