A Local Father Shared Story About His 10-Month-Old Son’s RSV Condition
After his 10-month-old baby was hospitalized with Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV), a local father about the experience.
The rate of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in children in southern Nevada has risen.
John Treanor stated, “It all happened so quickly you can’t really fathom what was occurring.”
Elliot, his kid, is currently being treated at University Medical Center Southern Nevada’s pediatric intensive care unit.
In Nevada, one in every five pediatric hospital admissions is due to respiratory syncytial virus, according to data released Thursday by the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA).
Treanor remarked, “This poor boy who 48 hours ago was crawling around playing with his brothers, and all of a sudden, you are talking about how to get him to breathe.”
According to the United States, RSV is a frequent respiratory virus that typically results in mild, cold-like symptoms. The U.S. government’s disease-prevention headquarters. The typical recovery time is just a week or two.
However, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can be dangerous, especially for newborns and the elderly. When it comes to children younger than a year old in the United States, RSV is the leading cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the tiny airways of the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs).
Treanor noted the rapid onset of his son’s symptoms and described them.
On Saturday, “he was struggling even to sit up on the couch, battling to open his eyes in the morning,” Treanor added.
Treanor reported to 8 News Now that they ultimately took baby Elliot to an urgent care facility, where x-rays revealed he had pneumonia.
They found out later that Elliot had RSV and had to be taken to the emergency room.
There was a five-hour wait to get a room because of the increased number of people with respiratory diseases.
Treanor and his wife have indicated that they take turns staying with Elliot at all hours.
Treanor stated that intubation was initially necessary for their son’s condition; however, they ultimately decided to sedate him and provide him with as much oxygen as possible.
Although 150 cases of RSV have been reported to the Southern Nevada Health District so far in September, that number could rise as more information becomes available.
The good news is that infant Elliot has graduated from a full oxygen mask to a nose mask. Treanor stated he is improving but is still not in the clear.
The Public Health Pharmacist, Dr. Christina Madison, offered parents numerous suggestions for keeping their children healthy throughout the hectic Christmas season and preventing the spread of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
- Make sure all routine vaccinations are up to date, including COVID and Influenza vaccinations
- Cleaning frequently touched surfaces
- Staying home when sick
- Washing hands frequently with soap and running water
- Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
Credits: 8 News Now
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