SIOUX CITY, Iowa — RSV, or Respiratory Suncytial Virus, is nearing its peak season in Siouxland.
RSV, which primarily impacts infants and older adults, is a common virus that causes cold-like symptoms, but can turn into bronchitis or pneumonia in children under the age of one.
RSV's peak season in Siouxland is between November and March.
One Siouxland doctor has some tips for parents to help keep their kids safer from it this winter.
"The best we can do is prevent overcrowded situations, especially in high risk pre-mature babies. Avoiding daycare for their own care as long as possible and if possible. Meticulous hand hygiene and awareness of second hand smoke," said Dr. Ashlesha Kaushik.
Kaushik says every state has a different peak season... depending on certain conditions and a lot of kids who contract RSV end up in the hospital.