Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Treatments for Babies
Although palivizumab may help prevent serious complications of RSV infection, it is not used to treat RSV. There is no medication to treat the virus itself. Therefore, caring for a baby with RSV infection involves treating symptoms of infection and its effects on the respiratory system.
For most babies and young children, at-home care is enough.
At-home treatment includes:
- Removing sticky nasal fluids with a bulb syringe.
- Using a cool-mist vaporizer to keep the air moist and make breathing easier.
- Providing fluids in small amounts frequently through the day.
- Giving non-aspirin fever-reducers such as acetaminophen.
For babies with more serious cases requiring hospitalization, treatment may include:
- IV fluids
- Medications to open the airways
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