This year, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children has seen an increase in the number of confirmed cases of RSV-- respiratory syncytial virus. This virus  affects the lungs and impairs a child's ability to breathe. While it presents as a cold in older children and adults, it can be significant for young children, especially babies.

Since the start of the year through the middle of February, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children has had 136 confirmed cases. Last year, 82 cases were treated in January and February.

Parents of infants can be on the lookout for: 

  • A runny nose and decrease in appetite to begin
  • Coughing, sneezing and fever to follow
  • Wheezing
  • Muscle retractions in the chest that shows the child is trying extra hard to breathe
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy

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