The number of cases of children infected by the RS virus has been on the rise over the past few weeks. This is quite alarming. The winter is when the virus most commonly occurs. What is the cause?
What is the RS virus?
The most common type of common cold in children is the RS. It affects almost all children within the first year. It usually occurs between November and March, but it can also occur in summer.
Let’s be clear, the RS virus does not have anything to do with coronavirus.
Is it possible that a winter virus is so prevalent in summer?
This is because of the corona rules from last winter. Schools and nurseries were shut down. People had less contact and kept their distance.
This prevented the coronavirus virus from spreading properly. The RS virus could not be stopped.
Despite the relaxation, the RSvirus still attacks. It’s a kind of catch up.
Why are we so far behind?
Your body produces certain substances when you have the RS virus. These substances are called antibodies. They protect you.
However, this was very rare last winter. The virus can now spread more quickly than usual in the summer.
What is the prevalence of the virus?
- Not all infections are reported. Sometimes, only the severely ill are treated.
- You call it an epidemic if there are more than 21 reports in a week.
- June 14-20: 37 Reports
- From June 21 to June 27, 46 reports
- June 28th – July 4th: 82 Reports
- July 5-11, 2011: 139 reports
Is the virus potentially dangerous?
Most children are not affected by the RS virus. It will usually disappear on its own in a matter of days.
It can be very distressing for some children. Children born too early or in poor health are two examples.
Babies and toddlers can become very stuffy. They may get pneumonia, become dehydrated and end up in hospital.
It can also pose a danger to elderly people in poor health.
It can kill you.
Around 118,000 children and babies die each year from the virus in countries with lower incomes. Because of the high standard of care in the Netherlands, this is almost impossible to happen.
Children are given extra oxygen at the hospital. They often recover quickly once they have received oxygen. There is no vaccine or medicine that can be used to combat the virus.
How can you become infected?
Through coughing and sneezing, the RS virus spreads. In the result, tiny droplets of the virus are released into air. It can be inhaled by others and infected.
You can also use your hands to get the drops into the eyes and mouth.
What are the complaints?
- Get a cold
- You can cough
Sometimes the symptoms are worse.
- Shortness of breath
- Otitis externa
What can you do for your child as a parent?
Children, especially babies, should be watched out for cold symptoms. Are you worried? Get to the doctor.
When you are sneezing or coughing, use paper tissues. Wash your hands more often.
Contact your doctor if you have any questions about your child’s health.
- Gets stuffy
- Being drowsy
- Is less than three months old and has a fever
- Is less than 1 year old and doesn’t drink well
Is it possible to get the virus back?
Yes. Yes, even if you have antibodies. You can also get the virus in adulthood. The common cold is usually caused by the virus.
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