More Children With RSV and Other Infections Are Being Sent to Renown’s Pediatric ICUs and ERs
NEVADA – Renown’s pediatric intensive care unit and emergency room continue to see an increase in the number of youngsters ailing from RSV and other respiratory infections. So much so that they are now overflowing with patients on a daily basis.
According to pediatricians, RSV patients typically load hospitals throughout the winter months.
Renown is currently seeing around 100 pediatric patients each day, with some children infected with multiple viruses.
Washoe County health officials report 11 distinct RSV outbreaks in preschools and daycares, as well as one elementary school.
It is advised that children be immunized against COVID and other infections.
The virus can affect people of all ages, but physicians warn that it is especially hazardous in small children. “They’re the ones that struggle the most with RSV, mucus secretions are so thick, they have a hard time coughing those up, might cause respiratory distress,” said Dr. Vanessa Slots, Division Chief of General Pediatrics at Renown Children’s Hospital.
According to Dr. Slots, the most important thing for parents to watch for is breathing. She says it’s not safe if a child is breathing heavily and you can see their stomachs and chest moving in and out. Another thing to keep an eye out for is their intake. “If they’re not getting enough fluids, they’re not having good wet diapers, they’re breathing heavy, they’re not as active, that needs to be noticed.”
RSV is extremely contagious and can be transmitted through coughing, sneezing, and germs on the hands. She advises keeping your child home from daycare or school if they are sick.
According to Health District officials, RSV symptoms can worsen over time, so if you notice altered or abnormal breathing patterns, get medical assistance.
RSV kills about 100,000 children worldwide each year, but only about 1,000 in the United States.
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