Let’s talk about RSV. Most everyone knows what this is. It stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Sounds scary, but the fact is, most all kids will get this by the time they are two years old. Most all cases are mild and resemble the common cold.
But RSV is serious for babies born premature (before 37 weeks). Their lungs have not had a chance to fully develop and if they are exposed to RSV, it can cause severe RSV disease. Did you know that 13 million babies are born premature every year? And that 79 % of preemie moms have had their preemies hospitalized due to severe respiratory infection. Scary stuff.
I had my babies at 34 weeks. I was lucky to avoid any respiratory illnesses. One thing we had to do though, was keep away from crowded areas until they became older.
RSV Quick Facts
- RSV is the leading cause of infant hospitalization, and severe RSV disease causes up to 10 times as many infant deaths each year as the flu.
- RSV is most prevalent during the winter months. The CDC has defined the “RSV season” as beginning in November and lasting through March for most parts of North America.
- In addition to prematurity, common risk factors include low birth weight, certain lung or heart diseases, a family history of asthma and frequent contact with other children.
Prevention is Key
RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. Since there’s no treatment for RSV, parents should take the following preventive steps to help protect their child:
- Wash hands, toys, bedding, and play areas frequently
- Ensure you, your family, and any visitors in your home wash their hands or use hand sanitizer
- Avoid large crowds and people who are or have been sick
- Never let anyone smoke near your baby
- Speak with your child’s doctor if he or she may be at high risk for RSV, as a preventive therapy may be available
Know the Symptoms
Contact your child’s pediatrician immediately if your child exhibits one or more of the following:
- Severe coughing, wheezing or rapid gasping breaths
- Blue color on the lips, mouth, or under the fingernails
- High fever and extreme fatigue
Click here for a very informative Infographic MCC RSV Infographic
Knowledge is a good thing. let’s do everything we can to keep our little ones healthy this winter season!
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