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Tips to Prevent RSV: A New Parent Guide

August 21, 2023

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Kimberly Jolasun

There is no specific treatment and most people recover on their own.

We’ve made it to another cold and flu season! And instead of Covid, it feels like everyone is talking about RSV. As new parents, there is one thing we all have in common…we want to keep our kids healthy (and in daycare!). So here are our favorite helpful tips to keep your family healthy this RSV season.

What is RSV and how does it spread?

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus. It can be especially nasty for babies and young kids. For most, it looks like a mild cold with a cough, runny nose and fever, but for some it can lead to a severe respiratory illness. 

Children under the age of 2 and those kids with underlying health conditions, such as premature birth or a weakened immune system, are at an increased risk of severe illness from RSV.

If you think your baby has RSV, call your doctor right away.

RSV has no treatment

There is no specific treatment for RSV, but supportive care can help manage symptoms. Most children recover on their own with rest. Over-the-counter medications can help alleviate symptoms. However, severe cases may require hospitalization and supportive care.

An RSV vaccine was recently approved and recommended for babies, but details are still coming about what to expect.

‍What can you do as a parent to prevent RSV?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Wash your baby’s and other children’s hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Keep your children at home from school or daycare if you suspect they have RSV
  • Teach older kids how to cover their mouth when they cough
  • You can consider masking up kids over 2 who are at high risk
  • Wipe down surfaces that get a lot of traffic like door nobs, counters and favorite toys
  • Ask your pediatrician about the RSV vaccine
  • Talk to your pediatrician for other tips


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