Treatment at home usually means allowing ample time for rest and providing plenty of fluids. The last part can be tricky with babies, however, since they may not feel like drinking. In that case, offer fluids in small amounts often.
Adults with RSV might have the symptoms of a common cold, such as a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, mild headache, cough, fever and a general feeling of being ill. If you’re having symptoms, try to limit contact with children and other loved ones until after you’ve recovered.
Parents of young children, especially premature babies and children with certain chronic conditions that affect the lungs, heart or immune system, should be on alert for RSV complications.
Seek prompt medical care in case of difficulty breathing, a high fever or a blue color to the skin. Some older adults and children who experience complications from RSV may need to be hospitalized.