Most viral infections cause mild symptoms, including congestion, cough and often fever. You can care for your baby’s symptoms in a variety of ways. Using saline drops, suction, humidified air and putting your baby in a more upright position can be helpful. Fever reducers such as Tylenol® and Motrin® can make your baby more comfortable. Call your provider if this is your baby’s first illness or if you are worried about the condition.

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)

RSV can cause a lower respiratory illness called bronchiolitis. Bronchiolitis often makes it harder for your baby to breathe and feed. Some infants with bronchiolitis need oxygen, deep suction and intravenous (IV) fluid in a hospital setting. Contact your provider if your infant is having trouble breathing or is not feeding well.


For most infants, COVID-19 is a mild, cold-like illness that goes away without special treatment. In rare cases, it can be more serious. Also in rare cases, COVID-19 can be followed by a condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). This causes different body parts to become inflamed, such as the lungs, heart, brain, kidneys, skin, eyes and gastrointestinal tract. Contact your provider if your child shows signs of COVID-19.

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