What is RSV?
For babies, toddlers and young children, it’s a different story.
Because babies and infants are still growing their airwaves and developing their immunity, RSV can cause severe problems. In some cases, RSV can lead to more serious illnesses like bronchiolitis, which is the narrowing of airways in infants, and pneumonia. Either way, babies who catch RSV will probably need hospital level care.
Why does Christchurch have RSV?
How bad is Christchurch’s RSV outbreak?
Does your child have RSV?
- is under three months old;
- is breathing fast, noisily or using extra effort to breathe;
- looks pale and unwell;
- is taking less than half their normal feeds;
- is vomiting;
- has not had a wet nappy for more than six hours.
has blue lips and tongue;
has severe difficulty breathing;
is becoming very sleepy and not easy to wake up;
is very pale;
has breathing that is not regular, or pauses in breathing.
What more can we do in Christchurch about RSV?
Keeping sick children at home reduces the spread of the illness, takes pressure off Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department, and helps kids recover faster. It’s also a fact that warm, dry homes reduce the spread of diseases and help kids to be healthy and happy.
As well as keeping Christchurch homes warm, heat pumps circulate and filter the air in your home. Some filters in the latest Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps actively kill bacteria in the air. Homes that are warm, dry, and have circulating clean, fresh air are less likely to become hot spots for winter colds and illness.
Let’s work together to help make Christchurch RSV free. If you’d like a warmer, drier, healthier home, contact Heat Pumps NOW for a free quote and consultation.