Baby has RSV

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Registered: 05-03-2007
Baby has RSV
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 1:07pm

My son is 7 months old and 1 week old. He was diagnosed with RSV yesterday. The pedi gave me a nebulizer for him. He is to inhale albuterol 3 times a day. He will go back to the doctor again tomorrow morning.

He has a stuffy runny nose, a bad cough and wheezing- heavy breathing. He is very miserable- lots of whining and crying which is completely unlike him. He is having difficulty sleeping and eating due to his difficulty breathing.

He first got sick on Friday, Dec 25th. He had a fever, vomiting and diarrhea on Friday & Saturday. Sunday that was all gone but he then had the cough, stuffy runny nose and wheezing. On Sunday he only had three wet diapers and one poop. Monday diaper output was fine. Today (Tuesday) he woke up with a wet diaper and has only had one wet diaper so far today (it is currently 1pm).

I keep putting him to my breast but it is minimally successful. I tried giving him a bottle of expressed milk and after a half hour drank 2 oz. I tried to give him BM by syringe but he freaked out. I also tried giving him frozen breast milk pops but he really isn't interested. When he is well, he eats every 2-3 hours and he sleeps through the night (9 hour stretch). He is a big boy 20lbs 3.5oz; if he hasn't lost any weight over the last few days. He mostly just breast feeds. Solid food intake is only about 2 tablespoons a day and he hasn't had any in almost a week now (due to his illness).


-Any suggestions to get him to eat more?

-How often should I pump so that my supply does not diminish?

Thank you for all your help.






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Registered: 10-27-2006
In reply to: rfia
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 8:41pm

((HUGS)), my DD had only mild RSV at 6 mos and it was misery.

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Registered: 01-22-2006
In reply to: rfia
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 9:30pm

I am so sorry to hear about your son. I am sure it is very stressful for you all.

We have had some nasty viruses here and both my boys would not nurse if they were stuffy at all. The struggle to breath would upset them enough to not nurse.

I found success by using the nasal syringe to clear their nose just before nursing. If I could get them relatively clear, they were willing to nurse longer.

I would also find some luck nursing them in their sleep if they were not feeling well. They did it more on instinct and resisted less.

One other thought- is he stopping to nurse before the letdown? Maybe pump a bit before nursing so the milk is right there if he is particularly impatient.

I would suggest pumping as often as he was nursing if he is skipping sessions, or perhaps pumping a few minutes after nursing if they are really short sessions.

Good luck and I really hope he feels better soon.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: rfia
Wed, 12-30-2009 - 2:13pm

Hi. I hope I can help a little.

Sarah, mom to Alexis, Samantha and Kayleigh