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Young Irish mum warns people not to kiss babies after four-month-old son contracts deadly virus - Irish Mirror

Young Irish mum warns people not to kiss babies after four-month-old son contracts deadly virus - Irish Mirror

Young Irish mum warns people not to kiss babies after four-month-old son contracts deadly virus - Irish Mirror

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 09:47 AM PST

A young mum has urged people not to kiss babies after her four-month old received emergency treatment when he contracted a deadly virus.

Little Koby Symes spent five days in isolation in Dublin's Temple Street Hospital after he developed Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which medics said was from other people holding and kissing the tot, according to mum Zoe McGlade.

The 22-year old new mum from Swords, Co. Dublin is now urging other parents not to allow people to hold or kiss their babies to protect them from the virus, which can be especially dangerous to infants and the elderly.

"Koby developed a bit of a cough two weeks ago so I brought him to the GP who said all was fine. However, he got worse so I returned to the GP who gave my baby antibiotics for a chest infection which had developed," she said.

Zoe with Koby

"He just wasn't getting any better and I was going to wait until the course of antibiotics was finished but I decided to bring him to the Emergency Department of Temple Street on Saturday, 28th December.

"I watched helplessly as Koby was put on oxygen immediately. His oxygen levels had dipped to 71 and anything below 94 is dangerous. He was also severely dehydrated and his fontanelle was sunken.

"He had developed the RSV which has spread quickly through his respiratory system and into his lungs.

"He was put in isolation and hooked up to all these machines and monitors. It was very scary for me and Koby's dad Luke."

Zoe was told that the baby had probably picked it up from an adult over the festive period.

"The doctor asked if we were around many people over Christmas and said that the majority of babies develop RSV from other people kissing them or holding them with unwashed hands.

Koby in hospital after developing the virus

"To us RSV is just like a common cold, so you might just have a bit of a cough or a runny nose but to babies, it is very serious.

"The doctor told me that if I had waited even a few more hours to bring Koby in, it could have been a very different situation."

She said there were six other babies in the same ward with RSV, none as serious as Koby.

Thankfully Koby is home and even giving his parents smiles again but Zoe doesn't want any other parent or baby suffering because they are afraid to say no to people holding their children.

Koby in hospital after developing the virus

"We always asked people to wash their hands before holding Koby or not to kiss him but we were mocked and told we were over-protective.

"We went from having a healthy little boy to watching him in isolation with feeding tubes and oxygen to help him breathe.

"A little cough or runny nose that you might think is nothing can literally be deadly to a baby and we definitely won't be letting people near him again."

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What’s Going Around: Strep throat and allergies sending Tampa Bay kids to doctors - WFLA

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 12:00 AM PDT

While allergies continue to make kids miserable, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is also going around.

Pediatricians in Hernando County tell 8 On Your Side they usually see RSV in the fall, which makes this timing a little unusual. 

RSV usually sickens babies and young children. It typically has cold-like symptoms that take 1-2 weeks to recover. There's really no medical treatment, so doctors say parents will need to let it run its course with their kids. 

Flu continues to decline, but strep throat is going around these days. Because allergies are so prevalent, doctors want to make sure parents know the difference when kids say their throats hurt. 

With strep throat typically comes a fever, so you'll want to take your kids to the doctor right away to get tested and put on antibiotics. Strep throat will also last longer than a sore throat from allergies. 

Allergies cause a scratchy throat and usually won't have a fever. 


What’s Going Around? The illnesses impacting Tampa Bay area schools: Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 - WFLA

Posted: 05 Feb 2018 12:00 AM PST

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Parents, you know the flu is still going around in big waves, but there are some other illnesses pediatricians are seeing a lot of in the Tampa Bay area.

The flu, unfortunately is nonstop right now and could last until April, according to doctors.

Pediatricians in Pinellas County are seeing quite an uptick in hand-foot-and-mouth disease, which is a mild, contagious viral infection that is common in kids.

Pediatric nurses in Pinellas County tell me young children will often drool and not have an appetite because of the sores in their mouths. Because it's viral, there is no real treatment. Nurses suggest buying a mild over the counter hydrocortisone ointment to help ease the pain. Ways to prevent coming down with hand-foot-and-mouth disease include frequent hand washing and avoiding close contact with people who are infected.

Several counties in the Tampa Bay area are seeing adenoviruses, which are types of a respiratory illness that have cold-like symptoms, according to the CDC. Symptoms include sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea and pink eye. If you or your child starts to feel flu-ish you need to see a doctor immediately to get treatment.

And Pasco County parents, watch out for the stomach flu. Doctors say many kids are coming down with that, symptoms include nausea and vomiting. Doctors recommend clear fluids and the "brat diet" which consists of bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.

Other than the flu– there's a lot of RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) which is a common respiratory virus that causes mile, cold-like symptoms, according to the CDC. RSV can be serious for infants and adults. The CDC says RSV is the most common cause of bronchitis, html bronchiolitis and pneumonia. If you don't get a handle on that fast, doctors tell me your child could end up in the hospital.

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