‘It’s very concerning’: Cases of common childhood infection on the rise, leaving parents worried – CTV

Oct. 26, 2022

Since starting daycare in March, Lydia Ip’s two-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) at least four times, she said.

Her daughter’s most recent infection on Oct. 17 led her to spend several days at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital in Vaughan, Ont. RSV, a common childhood infection, affects the lungs and respiratory tract, usually resulting in cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, coughing and fever.

But the virus can cause other infections as well, such as pneumonia. This was the case for Ip’s daughter, who also suffered from an ear infection and saw her oxygen saturation level drop to 80 per cent.

“RSV actually made her more sick than COVID,” Ip told CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview on Tuesday, referring to her daughter’s COVID-19 infection in April. “With RSV, her cough was much more severe to the point that she threw up … COVID didn’t bother her as much.”

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/it-s-very-concerning-cases-of-common-childhood-infection-on-the-rise-leaving-parents-worried-1.6124430

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