Ironically, the week I start my wellness blog would be the week my 10 month old son and I both come down with RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus. He’s taking it like a champ, but for some reason, I’m completely useless.
Since RSV is a virus, there isn’t a medication to treat it. Antibiotics will not be helpful unless bronchiolitis or pneumonia has developed. However, there are multiple ways to help your body heal itself.
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How to Fight RSV
Saline and Nasal Aspirator
First and foremost, our pediatrician stressed that saline is the best way to remedy RSV. By removing the mucus, the airways become clear and an infection like pneumonia is unable to form. We love Little Remedies Noses Saline Mist. It can be used to give short bursts or a constant stream which has worked wonders for me! We use a medical grade nasal aspirator that was given to us from the hospital to clear mucus, but you seriously cannot use a store bought one. We’ve tried almost every brand over the years, and they just don’t work! If you do not have a medical grade nasal aspirator, I have heard amazing things about the FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator.
Fluids are always important when illness comes knocking. Not only will fluids keep you hydrated, but they will also thin the mucus making it easier to breathe. The most obvious choice to stay hydrated is water. When my children are sick, I also like to use Pedialyte to make sure they stay hydrated when they are drinking less. With my breastfed 10 month old, I find that he is eating for shorter periods due to congestion. Therefore, I make sure to clear his airways frequently and offer to feed more often than usual.
Cool Mist Vaporizer
Vaporizers add humidity to the air which keeps your nasal passages and throat moist and less irritated. Cool Mist Vaporizers are preferential when used around children and babies in order to avoid burns. I also find cool mist to be more soothing. Adding essential oils to vaporizers can help clear airways significantly. However, I stress the use of caution when diffusing around babies and children. The Hippy Homemaker has a very detailed and accurate guide to safe essential oil use.
If my children have low-grade fevers, I tend to let it runs its course in order to fight off the illness. However, when my son had Strep last month, he ended up having febrile seizures and being hospitalized. After that terrifying experience, I gave him medicine right at the first sign of fever. Our pediatrician recommended giving ibuprofen and acetaminophen every four hours around the clock. Whenever administering medication, make sure to follow directions of your pediatrician or follow the medications instructions based on weight.
There are other ways to reduce fever that we have found very beneficial. Cool baths are a favorite for my son. A cool wash cloth is an old go to, or try soaking a washcloth in diluted apple cider vinegar (1 part ACV, 2 parts water) and placing it on the forehead.
I like to do things as naturally as possible. When illness strikes, Yogi Echinacea Immune Support Tea is the first thing in my arsenal. I make my tea with honey and lemon. It’s so great for sore throats! I really love these honey sticks to put in tea. It’s the perfect amount, and they are easy to take on the go for sore throats! Remember: Honey is not to be given to infants under the age of one.
I also give small amounts of organic unrefined coconut oil for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Probiotics are also a great way to up one’s immunity and combat illness by building up good gut bacteria. To reap the benefits of probiotics, you can either use a supplement or eat yogurt.
Lastly, homemade soups containing immune boosting foods like barley, garlic, ginger, and oregano are always a great way to help your body heal from the inside out.
Depending on how serious the case, your pediatrician may prescribe Albuterol to be given by a nebulizer. Our pediatrician has my son doing a treatment every 8 hours. Albuterol works by opening the airways and relaxing the muscles.
As my son and I battle through RSV, we have found all of these to be helpful ways to heal our bodies. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. Also, if you found this post helpful, please share with your friends and family.