As hard as we try to keep them healthy, it’s likely that baby will come down with a bad case of the sniffles at some point during the first year. Most common colds don’t pose a serious threat and, while there’s no cure per se, there are ways to make your child comfortable at home. But sometimes cold-like symptoms are masking a more serious illness that could land your little one in the hospital.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is “the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in children,” with most children becoming infected during their first year and nearly all experiencing the illness by the age of two. Dr. Octavio Ramilo, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, says that “by age two,…
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