Rsv and daycare


I was informed tonight that my 19 1/2 month old daughter was exposed to rsv at her daycare. I read all that I could on the internet. Should I be worried about this at her age? She has a small cough, and her cheeks have been rosy all week.

The infant in her daycare room was sent home ill last week. The mother brought the child back 2 days later saying the child had been to the doctor and is fine. Then the daycare sent the infant home again because he didn’t seem well at all. The mother called after taking the infant to the doctor today. He was diagnosed with rsv. I’m not sure if the infant was “really” taken to the doctor last week for the illness or not. I’m wondering if the mother just said that so she could return to work. I’d really like to know if the infant was seen last week or not, because he has the same doctor as my child. (wondering if doc overlooked rsv)
Am I being too over protective? The daycare owner was very upset about all of this.


**I can’t believe the daycare doesn’t require a note from the doctor to clear him? Our preschool/daycare does for any serious sickness and especially where a child is suspected to have RSV. I would ask the daycare owner to request a note from the doctor stating that the child is okay to be there. I hate it when parents don’t take responsibility and keep their children home when they are sick! **


We see a lot of RSV at this time of year. Not a whole lot extra you can do except lots of fluids.
Daycares are notorious for all kinds of colds etc…because of all the different kids and their different bugs. As far as another child’s medical care, that is not your business, but the day cares. And yes it is possible that the doctor ,in his humanity,“overlooked” rsv.



I agree. My daughter was sick a 3 1/2 months, took her to the doctor, he said she was fine. That same night she ended up in the emergency room and was hospitalized for RSV. Needless to say, I found a different doctor. Also, RSV doesn’t usually affect a child by 2 like it does an infant. Also, some babies don’t have a reaction to RSV like others. Also, the incubation period is about 10 days, however, usually by the time the RSV has been discovered, it has been active for about5 days. I had my daughter out of daycare for a week, but I have known others who have had them out for a day or two. It depends on the stage it is in. After about a day or two of treatments (following her hospitalization) all her symptoms were gone (no coughing, no weezing, etc.) but we continued with the medicine until the doctor said to stop.


RSV is difficult to diagnose without a specific diagnostic test. They can guess that it’s RSV, but can’t prove it without a true test.
Also, virtually all children will come in contact with RSV before the age of 3… how that virus will affect your child is the question. Very young infants and premies are particularly suseptable to pneumonia caused by RSV because of their lack of built-up immunity. The problem with “viral pneumonia” is that you can’t use antibiotics to fight the infection (vs “bacterial pneumonia” where you CAN use antibiotics)… and your body has to fight the viral infection on it’s own.

By 19 1/2 moths… if your child is generally healthy and has a fairly strong immunity, I wouldn’t worry too much. I’d treat any symptoms as soon as you see them, so as not to let any infection progress into pneumonia. But the truth is, exposure to RSV at this age isn’t bad (as long as it doesn’t progress into a bad infection). It allows the child’s body to build up a natural resistance to that virus in case of future exposure.

Here’s some good info…

Good luck and God bless!

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