Arlo has what is probably her fourth cold of the winter. When she started to wheeze and get so congested that she couldn’t breastfeed and breathe at the same time, I figured it was time to visit the doctor. He quickly diagnosed a “moderately nasty” case of RSV. RSV is a really common virus, often it’s indistinguishable from a regular cold. Most kids have caught it by the time they’re three years old. It can be dangerous in already sick or premature babies. The doc said that if she was younger (less than three months) he’d have recommended hospitalisation so that she could get frequent saline breathing treatments, but as it doesn’t seem to be bothering her too much (though she does seem to get exhausted with all the wheezing), he recommended a few breathing treatments at the clinic. She seemed to be more relaxed after each treatment (even fell asleep a couple of times during treatment) and really perked up about an hour later, smiling and playing happily. However, the wheeze always comes back, so we’ve had four treatments so far. The doc is happy with how she’s doing now and said to come back to reassess in three days, or before then if the wheezing gets really bad. She sounds a lot better now so hopefully this was the last cold of the winter. The weather is warming up and we (I) can’t wait to get out of the house and visit the lake, Shanghai, or anywhere but the inside of our apartment.