I was a young mother with my first two kids, I had not heard of 1/4 of the stuff that can plague our children as infants. One thing I wish I would have known more about before it landed my poor son in the hospital was RSV.
When Chase was only a few months old he contracted RSV and had to spend a week in the hospital being treated via antibiotics and breathing treatments. Because of this experience I am a lot more aware now with my other children and even though I know they are born out of RSV “season” I still ensure that they are properly protected against catching it since it can happen until they are aged 1. I was actually unaware of the fact that RSV season can vary depending on where you live. For more information on when RSV season is in your area I highly suggest you check out RSVProtection.com and click on the right to learn about understanding RSV season and find out when it is in your area.
There are some very easy things that everyone can do to help you prevent your baby from getting RSV, sharing this blog post or one similar with your friends and family can allow them to read how to help without you trying to communicate it to them.
A few tips to remember when a loved one has a new baby:
- Call before you visit. New parents need time to set up a routine and bond. By giving them time to do so before you visit, you are respecting the new family.
- Postpone a visit if you feel that you may be getting sick, have recently been ill or exposed to illness.
- Remember that parents know best. If you feel they are being overprotective or overly cautious, just consider that only they know what’s best for the health of their new son or daughter.
- Offer to do something to ease their responsibilities as they spend time as a family, such as laundry, cooking or dishes. Sleep-deprived moms and dads will appreciate your help!
If you do schedule a visit with a new baby:
- Wash your hands frequently—upon entering the home and especially prior to holding the baby. Parents, and the new baby, will appreciate it.
- Leave toddlers at home, especially during the winter months. Young children, especially if they attend day care or preschool, often carry germs and viruses, like RSV, that are easily spread.
A few facts about RSV that all parents, caregivers and loved ones should know:
- Almost every baby will contract RSV by age 2, but only 1/3 of moms say they’ve heard of the virus.
- Serious RSV infection is the leading cause of infant hospitalization, responsible for more than 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 500 infant deaths each year.
- RSV occurs in epidemics each fall through spring. The CDC has defined “RSV season” as beginning in November and lasting through March for most parts of North America.
- There is no treatment for RSV, so it’s important for parents to take preventive steps to help protect their child (e.g., wash hands, toys, bedding frequently; avoid crowds and cigarette smoke).
- Certain babies are at an increased risk of developing serious RSV infection, so it’s important to speak with a pediatrician to determine if a baby may be at high risk for RSV, and discuss preventive measures.
- Symptoms of serious RSV infection include: persistent coughing or wheezing; rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths; blue color on the lips, mouth, or under the fingernails; high fever; extreme fatigue; and difficulty feeding. Parents should contact a medical professional immediately upon signs of these symptoms.
If you are concerned with how to convey the extreme caution that you want taken then please feel free to look at, copy and print this open letter from Mom that MedImmune provided to me to share with you all. It is a gentle but easy way to get the point across to everyone without having 10 million conversations about your feelings.
So if you have a new baby, a baby on the way or know someone that is expecting or has a new baby please share this with them, RSV is a very dangerous thing and it could be a matter of life or death if not caught and treated soon enough.
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