Typically seen during the winter months, Mariada George, MD, FAAP with Panhandle Pediatrics, has seen a surprising increase in RSV cases in our area.
“It’s by no means unusual for children to pick up RSV at some point in their childhood. In fact, most children will contract RSV at least once before they are 2,” said Dr. George. “But it is unusually early for us to be seeing so many cases.”
RSV, or respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease which for most results in a common cold, but in children and infants can lead to pneumonia or bronchiolitis.
“All of the precautions people were taking during COVID actually helped prevent flu and RSV cases,” said George. “But as things begin to open up and regulations relax more and more, we are seeing more of these contagious infections coming in.”
Panhandle Pediatrics wants to offer helpful tips and solutions to families, especially with young children, or family members with preexisting conditions.
“Things like washing hands with soap and water and teaching children how to do this effectively and frequently is important. Also, things like washing and disinfecting surfaces and toys can be extremely helpful,” said George. “But most importantly, when your child is sick, bring them in to your pediatrician or family doctor as soon as possible to begin treatment to prevent the spread and escalation that can come with infections like RSV.”
Panhandle Pediatrics is the area's leading pediatric medical clinic. Their team has more than 40 years of combined experience caring for infants, children, and adolescents. Panhandle Pediatrics is located at 1500 S. Coulter.