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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

This viral infection causes upper and lower respiratory tract infections, including bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Although RSV is typically a mild illness, it can be quite dangerous for:
  • Infants younger than one year old
  • Premature infants
  • Children or infants with heart problems, breathing problems, or weakened immune systems.
Possible signs of RSV are similar to the common cold and may include:
  • Cough
  • Earache
  • Low-grade fever
  • Chills
  • Stuffy or runny nose (nasal discharge is usually clear)
  • Rapid breathing or wheezing
  • Listlessness or inactivity
  • Decreased appetite.
Although there is no vaccine available to prevent RSV, there is a medication that can help prevent a severe RSV illness in high-risk infants. There are also no treatments specifically for RSV, although supportive care will be given to treat any symptoms that occur.

Ringworm and Other Fungal Infections

This skin infection is caused by a fungus. It is often found on the body, groin, feet, or scalp.
Symptoms may include:
  • Ring-shaped rash that is red and itchy
  • A dry and scaly rash (or wet and crusty)
  • Patches of hair loss if the infection is on the scalp.
Head ringworm is quite contagious, particularly among children between 2 and 10 years old. 
Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection. It tends to occur more often in males rather than females, and is more likely to occur after puberty. Possible signs of athlete's foot include:
  • Foot itching
  • Rash or blisters on the foot
  • Scaling of the foot.
Over-the-counter medications are available that can help treat many fungal skin infections. If these do not work, your child's healthcare provider may prescribe a more effective medication.
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