Becoming a mom is such an exciting time. Wanting the best for our kids and protecting them from the dangers in this world comes with the title. Sometimes we do are very best and it’s That’s why I’m here to talk a little about RSV disease. National RSV Awareness Month takes place every October at a time when it’s important to teach parents about the signs and symptoms of RSV in addition to the prevention measures you can take. This is a cause near and dear to me as my oldest suffered from RSV when he was just days old. RSV is a common, seasonal virus that typically occur between November and March in the US. It’s also the leading cause of hospitalization for babies in their first year of life. I want to help raise RSV awareness to moms and dads so we can all help protect those little lungs.
I’m pretty sure I know where he caught it and looking back I wish I spoke up more at the time. After we were released from the hospital, we headed into the pediatricians office for our first visit. Instead of taking us right back to a room, we were left in a small waiting room with at least ten other sick children. We kept the car seat covered and moved over to a unoccupied corner of the room, but spending those 30 minutes sitting it was too late. Not even two days later he was sick, struggling to breathe. We rushed him to the ER and were admitted to the NICU where he stayed for a few days until he got better.
As a new mom, I felt helpless watching him hooked up to machines struggling to breathe. Thankfully the nurses and doctors took great care of him and within a few days we were on our way home. Ever since, I use my voice to help educate other moms who don’t know about RSV or don’t realize the dangers it poses to little ones. When I gave birth to my daughter two years ago, I was better prepared and more knowledgable the second time around. I put the things I learned over the years in place to protect her as best I could.
WHAT IS RSV?
RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus and is a contagious viral disease that may infect a person’s lungs and breathing passages. In babies, RSV generally causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms. But in certain high-risk infants it can cause serious lung infections and hospitalization.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Coughing or wheezing that doesn’t stop
- Troubled breathing / gasping for breathe
- Fever over 100.4
- Bluish color around mouth and fingernails
- Spread out nostrils or caved in chest when breathing
*Please call your baby’s healthcare provider immediately if you see these symptoms of RSV
STEPS TO HELP PREVENT RSV?
RSV disease is spread just as easily as the flu. Sneezing, coughing, and touching are all examples of ways RSV can put your infant at risk. A few extra precautions taken by you and your family and friends can help protect your baby.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your baby, and ask anyone who comes into contact with your baby to do the same
- Wash your baby’s toys, clothes and bedding often
- Keep your baby away from crowds and young children, as well as people with colds
- Don’t let anyone smoke in your home or near your baby.
- Tobacco smoke irritates babies’ airways. It affects the growth of their lungs. While all babies can be harmed by tobacco smoke, premature babies are especially prone to lung problems when they leave the nursery
There is no cure for RSV but you can take steps to help prevent it.
Since RSV season is here, learn more about RSV and ways to keep your little one healthy by visiting RSVProtection.com