JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A local mother told News4Jax that her 13-month-old son is fighting for his life at Wolfson Children's Hospital.
Jacqueline Lee said her son Nixon was diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus or RSV and is in critical condition at the pediatric intensive care unit in Wolfson, where he is attached to a machine to help the heart and lungs continue to work.
She wants other parents to know the signs, symptoms and dangers of the respiratory virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of RSV infection typically include runny nose, decreased appetite, cough, sneezing, fever, and wheezing.
News4Jax talks with Dr. Rahna Krish, a local pediatrician, about RSV. She said that was going on right now and in fact she was just treating a case of this last week.
Krish explained what you need to know about RSV:
"It's a respiratory virus that affects children usually under the age of 2. Not everyone can take it. It's usually in the winter ̵
"You can have a k slash, high fever and congestion and usually, that's all. And it will usually take one or two weeks, then it will be gone and you just think it's a common cold.
"Because it is a virus, like most viruses, there is actually no cure for antibiotics, but what we do is try to treat the symptoms. So, in that sense, if your child has difficulty breathing or wheezing, then we can give them the nebulizer treatment with albuterol we use in asthma, but that doesn't mean your child has asthma or anything like that. This is just how we treat wheezing and shortness of breath. The rest is just supportive care. We try not to get dehydrated because many of them will have a reduced appetite so you want to make sure they are still drinking. And you can just use steam showers and humidifiers, things like that just help with congestion because there is a lot of congestion.  "You really can't do much to prevent it. If you're in a daycare setting and, you know, things like that are more likely to get it. So then just be more careful about that and just try to keep your child as healthy as possible.Any child under the age of 2 can (get it) so it can be in newborns.And when it is in newborns it is very, very serious, very dangerous and then we we strongly encourage you to come see us, your doctor or go to the emergency room. "
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