This past fall, while everyone was getting sick with the flu and common colds, Little B and I were hanging out in our bubble home staying healthy as can be. However, some of my friends weren’t so lucky. Mom herself got sick and we had to basically bathe her in sanitizer before she could come near the baby. Precautions were taken when it was too much for both Little B and his Granny to no snuggle. This is the result of that.
He didn’t get sick. I know. A miracle.
While my mom was popping Zicam like tic-tacs, another friend of mind was dealing with her 5 month old son having Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. It is extremely contagious, but it is preventable. Children can get RSV up to 2 years old and almost all babies get it at some point, while only 1/3 of mothers actually diagnose it. While it is seasonal (more common during November through March), it is so easily caught due to the sharing of toys and close proximity of other children at daycare centers.
During these months, you as the parent should be especially careful to find the symptoms of RSV:
- constant coughing or wheezing
- fast/ troubled breathing
- flared nostrils or caved in chest when breathing
- blue tint around the mouth or fingernails
- Fever (anything higher than 100.4 in infants up to 3 months)
There aren’t any treatments for RSV, so be sure to keep anything you child touches clean. Wash your hands regularly, because even a cold from a parent could pass RSV to a child. RSV is one of the leading causes to infant hospitalizations and results in nearly 500 deaths each year. Preemies are considered high risk, but just because your child isn’t a preemie doesn’t mean he or she is low risk. Check with your pediatrician, or visit RSVProtection.com
This is also a pretty nifty infographic on the subject in case you’re a visualizer, like myself.
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.