RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) Update – July 2021

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) Update – July 2021

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is a common respiratory illness that is normally seen in the winter months but this year it seems to be springing up in children over the summer, partly because there was less chance for it to spread over the winter.

We know that children with congenital heart disease can have a bit of a rough ride through this infection so seek help swiftly if you see that :

  • Your baby has taken less than half their usual amount during the past two or three feeds or children are not drinking.
  • Your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or your children have not been passing urine.
  • has a persistent temperature of 37.8C or above
  • seems very tired or irritable

These signs can also be seen in children who have become too hot in the sun but if they persist seek help.

Call 999 for an ambulance if:

  • the child is having difficult breathing
  • the child’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in the child’s breathing

If in doubt always seek help or advice either through your GP, NHS 111 or from your cardiac team.

Take Care.