Respiratory Syncytial Virus

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Learn more about respiratory syncytial virus.
Air Date: 1/15/19
Duration: 14:55
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Candice Jones, MD
Candice JonesCandice W. Jones, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified physician practicing as a general pediatrician in the Pine Hills Community of Orlando, FL. She provides a standard of care that enriches the lives of thousands of kids and parents each year. Dr. Candice, a former National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholar, is committed to the health and well-being of underserved children and adolescents in areas affected the greatest by health inequalities. 

Dr. Candice completed residency in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She earned her Medical Doctorate at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), its Council on Communications and Media (COCM) and Florida Chapter (FCAAP).

Dr. Candice steps out of the exam room to support various charitable organizations, children health initiatives and to promote wellness in the community. For her efforts, she was awarded in 2018 the Health Empowerment Award by the Central Florida Urban League and the Public Health Hero Award by the Department of Health Orange County.

Dr. Candice has special interest in medical media because of its’ educational reach. In 2016, she launched, a website focused on kid health education. She also created a podcast, KIDing Around with Dr. Candice where she discusses various pediatric and parenting topics with other experts. She has since been featured on Fox 35 Orlando, The Daily Flash TV in Miami, as a medical contributor for The Bump, on various local and national radio shows, health panels and as a dynamic guest speaker.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Every parent worries when their children get sick. Many children get respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) at least once before age two.

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RSV pops up mostly from late fall to early spring. It presents as cold-like symptoms with sneezing, runny nose and coughing. It can cause pneumonia or other bronchial difficulties.

Early symptoms aren’t worrisome, because they mimic the common cold. If the child has respiratory distress on the third or fourth day (fast breathing, grunting, nodding head to breathe, whistling on exhalation), contact your pediatrician right away. If your child is blue, gray or has stopped breathing, contact emergency services.

Antibiotics do not treat viruses. Steroids won’t help. Supportive care is the only treatment. Stay in contact with your pediatrician. Fluids, cold-mist humidifiers, and saline nasal rinse can ease the symptoms.

Listen as Dr. Candice Jones joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to manage RSV.

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