It seems like just about everyone has been sick this winter. Luckily, it hasn’t hit our house (knock on wood)! I’m very cautious when I take the kids out AND when inviting people to our home. If you’ve got the sniffles – you’re not coming in! I even told my mom not to come over once because she had a cough! I don’t mess around, LOL! Having a baby in the house makes me very worried about RSV – and all the pictures people post of their little ones doing breathing treatments scare me.
Grady and Haley have both never been seriously sick – most likely because they don’t go to daycare. Grady had 1 stomach bug that required IV Fluids in the hospital for dehydration (pic above) and Haley’s never been sick. Even so, it’s helpful to be prepared if they do happen to come down with something – like RSV. It’s important to know some facts. EVERYONE needs to know that………
• 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.
• 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.
• There is no treatment for RSV, so it’s important for parents to take preventive steps to help protect their child (wash hands, toys, bedding frequently; avoid crowds and cigarette smoke).
We always wash our hands or use hand sanitizer after we’ve touched things other people frequently touch (shopping carts!) and we clean our hands before eating. If we even have the slightest sniffle – we STAY HOME! I run my local babywearing group and I always send out a reminder before each meeting to not come if you or your children are sick. So far I haven’t had to ask anyone to leave! And I totally would if necessary!
Check out this info-graphic for even more info on RSV:
For more information on RSV, symptoms, and prevention, visit RSVProtection.com and follow the #RSVProtection hashtag on Twitter to connect with other moms.
Have any of your kids had RSV? What do you do to prevent it? Share your tips in the comments!
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