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Your Healthy Family: RSV Season

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COLORADO SPRINGS -

It's RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus) season, a virus that looks like a cold at first, but it can actually cause bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children.
Right now, about half the kids at Memorial Central have some type of bronchiolitis or pneumonia. 
For kids under age 2, bronchiolitis causes their tiny airways to swell.
Symptoms may start off mild, like a runny nose and cough, but after a couple of days - it gets worse.
"Then the third or fourth day you might notice things like them having trouble eating, breathing harder where they have retractions where they pull on their skin around ribs or neck and that tells us that they're using their muscles to help them breath and those are the things you want to watch for to know when it's time to got to the doctor or the hospital," said Dr. Samantha Milne, UCHealth Memorial Hospital. 
Doctors can provide support like oxygen, suction, and fluids.
To prevent the spread, have your kids wash their hands frequently, and don't let them share things like cups.
 

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