Alan Adler, MD, practices at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.
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What is RSV and how may it affect your infant?
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Respiratory Syncytial Virus, more commonly known as RSV, is an extremely common infection which comes around every winter.
Everybody has been exposed to RSV by two years of age. In most cases, RSV simply causes a cold. But according to Dr. Alan Adler, a Pediatric Pulmonologist with Banner Children’s Medical Group at Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center, infants and young children with RSV may develop a form of pneumonia known as bronchiolitis, because children have smaller bronchial tubes that are easily blocked.
It has been debated that children who have RSV during infancy are destined to get asthma later on. Some children do have wheezing and asthma after an RSV infection but there is no scientific evidence that they are directly related. Two-thirds of all infants who wheeze grow out of it by the time they are five. Of course, any time your child’s breathing seems abnormal to you, consult with your doctor.
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