According to the Mayo Clinic, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an infection of the lungs and respiratory tract. It’s common and many children have been infected with the virus by 2-years-old.
Symptoms for RSV in infants include, but aren’t limited to short, shallow and rapid breathing, and a cough.
Adults and older, healthy children can also experience RSV, but the symptoms are mild and typically mimic a common cold.
The video doesn’t seem out of place with the mother’s other content on TikTok, which generally gets positive reception from her followers.
Regardless, this video garnered comments from those unhappy with the latest video.
“Yeah grabbing a phone and turning yourself into a spectacle for your internet audience is a perfectly normal reaction to tragic news,” someone wrote.
“Though, I support the concept of knowing what’s going on with your kid. Nothing wrong with her knowledge. However, her lack of maturity in the situation is at best questionable. Is TikTok clout more important than sitting with your child and protecting them?” another added.
A third wrote: “My kid got RSV at 6 [months], my wife and I nursed him back to health, and we didn’t make any TikTok videos.”
Others were in defence of the mother and noted that she was remaining positive when there wasn’t much she could do at the time.
“I think you’re all overblowing the moral implications of placing a phone, dancing for 10 seconds, and 1-2 minutes of editing on TikTok. Early parenthood is monotonous, chill and let the woman have fun,” wrote a fourth.
Someone else said they “support her” by writing: “People can be like ‘what has the world come to’ but she knows exactly what’s going on with her kid, there’s nothing they can do but wait, and she’s hitting every beat of her TikTok dance. She’s multi-tasking on multiple levels. Good parent. I support her.”
In a recent TikTok video, the mother noted that she understood that people were upset about the video, but she was “trying to be positive.”
“That was me just trying to be positive,” she said tearfully.
“I think it’s important to just not assume what someone is going through.”