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There is no great joy than seeing my kids smile and that they’re happy. Parenthood has been quite the journey, filled with so many ups and downs. I can confidently say that things with my second baby were so much easier than with my first but I’m still learning. Every day is something new but one thing that never gets easier is watching your little ones when they’re sick. It’s such a helpless feeling just watching and wanting them to get better. Since it’s October, I wanted to use this as a chance to warn parents of something I wasn’t familiar with prior to my first pregnancy – RSV disease or Respiratory Syncytial Virus. My son had RSV when he was only days old and it was scary. One of the scariest moments of my life.
We were just settling into our routine. I thought I had this parenting thing down and was pretty proud of myself. The girl who never even babysat growing up was doing pretty good at her first go round being a momma. He was born in December and I already knew enough to limit visitors, made everyone wash their hands and kisses were off limits.
I even knew to keep his car seat covered while in the doctor’s office waiting for his checkup a few days after he was born. While I’ll never know for sure where he got sick, my guess it was in this doctor’s office, filled with all those sick kids that he was exposed to this virus.
Within days he was sick, struggling to breathe. A hospitalization in the NICU confirmed he had RSV and we worked to get him better. It was one of my scariest parenting moments. So when I found out I was pregnant with baby #2, protecting her from RSV from front and center when we brought her home from the hospital.
Since October has been designated National RSV Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to educate parents about respiratory syncytial virus or RSV before the RSV season starts.
RSV is a common, highly contagious, seasonal virus that affects nearly 100% of infants by the age of two and occurs in epidemics from November through March every year.
In many babies, RSV leads to a mild respiratory infection with symptoms similar to the common cold or flu, but in some – babies born prematurely (earlier than 35 weeks gestational age) – it can develop into a much more serious infection.
LEARN THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF RSV
Parents should look out for symptoms of severe RSV disease, including:
- coughing or wheezing that does not stop;
- fast or troubled breathing;
- gasping for breath;
- a bluish color around the mouth or fingernails;
- unusual lethargy or tiredness;
- fever (especially if it is greater than 100.4 degrees F [rectal] in infants under 3 months of age).
While there is no current treatment option available for RSV, knowing the signs and symptoms and taking preventative measures is very important.
Parents can do several things to help protect their child’s little lungs from severe RSV disease:
- ask everyone to wash their hands after entering the house and before interacting with the children;
- wash toys and surfaces frequently to reduce the chance of exposure;
- keep children away from people who may be sick and away from large crowds.
It’s also important for parents to ask their child’s pediatrician if their child may be at high risk for severe RSV disease.
To learn more about RSV and ways to protect your little one visit www.LittleLungs.com