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RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is a common viral infection, that causes coughs and colds in winter and can lead to bronchiolitis. Many families may not recognise the symptoms or would like to know more about this condition

Wirral Multicultural Organisation is trying to raise awareness of childhood respiratory infections and support families affected by them for their children aged 0-3 in Wirral.

If you have any questions, or would like support for you and your child’s RSV infection problems, please contact our support helpline on: 07706316457

 

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Bronchiolitis is caused by a virus known a the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is spread through tiny droplets of liquid from coughs or sneezes of someone who is infected.

It is a normal, common childhood virus, which most children have had by two years of age. Most children manage well at home and will get better with time.

Koala NW are working in partnership with Wirral Multicultural Organisation, Ferries Family Groups, Bee Wirral and The Foundation Years Trust. Coming together to raise awareness of RSV and supporting families affected by it.

Working in partnership with Arrowe Park Hospital and health professionals, to provide information and support to respond to a potential surge in respiratory infections in children.

WHAT TO EXPECT

A cough, snuffles, runny nose and mild fever. Getting worse for the first 5 days and may leave a lingering cough afterwards.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Check on your child regularly
  • Give smaller feeds more regularly (breastfeeding is great for this)
  • Sit baby up after feeds
  • Avoid cigarette smoke, this is an irritant and will make your baby’s symptoms worse
  • Hand washing and disinfecting surfaces regularly
  • Antibiotics, steroids and inhalers don’t help

WHEN TO GET IMMEDIATE HELP

Seek help urgently by ringing 999 or attend A & E, if your child has any of the following symptoms:

  • A bluish tinge around the mouth or lips
  • Is unresponsive
  • Is very irritable
  • Working harder to breath
  • Displays long pauses in breathing (over 15 seconds)
GUIDANCE FROM YOUR GP

Make same day contact with your GP or ring 111, if your child has any of the following symptoms:

  • Feeding less than half you would normally expect
  • Paler than normal
  • Less than two wet nappies a day
  • Has a temperature of above 38.5°C, or above 38°C if your baby is under three months old

BRONCHIOLITIS ADVICE & SUPPORT

  • Are you concerned about a potential rise in paediatric respiratory infections and the factors that can increase the risk of your child developing more severe symptoms?
  • Has one of your children already been affected?
  • Is one of your children currently experiencing symptoms of this virus, and you have concerns?
  • Click the link below to view our leaflet, which gives comprehensive details of all the support and services we can offer.

Visit the NHS website for information and advice. www.nhs.uk

Little Lungs Support Helpline on 07706311645

Information and advice from friendly, trained staff, even if English is not your first language.

Little Lungs Support Group on 07549673617

Give Demi a ring to find out how the support group could help you, and the benefits of our ‘Outreach Support’.

Little Lungs Leaflet (A5)

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RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) bronchiolitis- what you need to know

RSV is a normal, common childhood virus, it is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Most children will have had RSV by the age of 2.

In most cases, bronchiolitis is mild, children manage well at home and will get better within 2-3 weeks without needing treatment.

Due to the impact of Covid-19 infection control and hygiene methods it has reduced the circulation of other respiratory infections, therefore many babies and young children will not yet have been exposed to this common virus.

What to expect?

Cough, snuffle, runny nose, a mild fever, cough and chestiness that will get worse over the first 5 days of illness and may leave a lingering cough afterwards.

How can you help?

  • Check on your child regularly
  • Give smaller feeds more frequently (breastfeeding is great for this)
  • Sit baby up after feeds
  • Avoid cigarette smoke, this is an irritant and will make your baby’s symptoms worse
  • Hand washing and disinfecting surfaces regularly
  • Antibiotic, steroids, and inhalers don’t help

Make same day contact with 111 or your GP if: –

  • Feeding less than half their normal intake
  • Paler than normal
  • Less than 2 wet nappies a day
  • If your child is vomiting
  • High temperature >38.5 or above temperature above 38 under 3 months

Seek help urgently 999 or Attend A&E if: –

  • If your child has a bluish tinge around mouth and lips,
  • If your child is unresponsive
  • If your child is very irritable,
  • If your child is working harder to breath
  • If your child displays long pauses in breathing (over 15 seconds)

There are factors that can increase the risk of a child developing more severe bronchiolitis, these include:

Children with complex health needs.

Aged 6 weeks or less.

Born prematurely (before 37 weeks of pregnancy)

 Where to go for advice and support.

Support helpline 07706316457

Our friendly trained staff will be able to provide you with information and advice, including signposting to our health professional where needed, accessing support sessions and activities. We can provide language support if English is not your first language

For information and to book into the parent support group please contact Demi on 07549 673617

For information and advice from NHS please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/bronchiolitis/

British Lung Foundation helpline 03000 030 555 (Mon-Fri 9-5)

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