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Parents are being warned to be on the look out for a potentially-fatal winter baby infection.
The British Lung Foundation said October heralds the start of what is known as the RSV season.
RSV - respiratory syncytial virus - affects most children by the age of two. For most it causes no more than a cold, but can be serious for some.
A survey of 500 parents found nine out of 10 were unaware of the symptoms and dangers.
Symptoms of the condition usually first appear in the form of the common cold.
These include runny nose, mild fever, sore throat, mild cough, blocked nose and ear infection.
After three to five days symptoms may worsen as the virus spreads to the lungs, causing breathlessness, rapid breathing, wheezing and a strong cough.
- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection is a viral disease of the lungs. It is one of the most important causes of lower respiratory tract illness in infants and young children.
- RSV is spread by contact with droplets from the nose or throat of an infected person.
- Persons with mild infections usually get better without treatment. Severely ill children often need to be hospitalized.
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent RSV infection. The best ways to prevent the spread of RSV are to cover coughs and sneezes and to wash hands often and well. Intravenous immune globulin treatment has recently been approved for use in high-risk infants.