Pediatrics: RSV and risk or Serious Bacterial Infection

Pediatrics — Abstracts: Titus and Wright 112 (2): 282

The risk of SBI in febrile infants with RSV infection seems to be very low, particularly in comparison with a control group of RSV-negative infants. These data suggest that full septic evaluations are not necessary in nontoxic-appearing infants with a positive RSV test. It seems to be prudent to examine the urine in these infants, as there is a clinically relevant rate of urinary tract infection.

This study confirms that the standard of care for children with RSV is symptomatic.  We needn't chase our tails doing a full septic workup in these kids.