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RSV is the #1 reason babies are hospitalized within their first year of life. Yet most parents don’t know it exists.
Since October is National RSV Awareness Month I wanted to share important information to help educate parents about RSV. RSV is a common, highly contagious, seasonal virus that affects nearly 100% of infants by two years of age and occurs in epidemics from November through March. The Little Lungs website is an amazing resource for raising awareness about RSV, as well as providing support.
Do you know how to spot the signs and symptoms of RSV?
One of the scariest things about being a parent is when your child gets sick. It especially pulls at your parental heartstrings when they are babies and can not tell you what hurts or is bothering them.
Whether you are a first time parent or not, having a sick child can be a stressful experience trying to decide if their illness warrants a doctor visit.
When my daughter was only a couple of months old she went through a period of time where she kept coughing, which eventually turned into wheezing, along with running a fever. I was a second time Mom, but as my kids are 6 years apart, I couldn’t quite remember if my son had experienced symptoms like this when he was a baby, so after a few days of these symptoms I finally called our doctor.
Once I got my daughter to the doctor and they examined her, I was immediately informed that she had RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). I have to admit I was scared. RSV is something that I had heard of before, but was not very well-informed about, especially with regards to how severe this disease can be.
I am very happy that the Little Lungs website was created to help spread the word and protect babies from this serious virus.
6 tips for how to spot the signs and symptoms of RSV:
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. Parents should look out for symptoms of severe RSV disease, which include:
- Coughing or wheezing that does not stop
- Fast or troubled breathing;
- Gasping for breath;
- Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails;
- Lethargy or tiredness;
- or a fever (especially if it is greater than 100.4 degrees F [rectal] in infants under 3 months of age).
Now that you know how to spot the signs and symptoms of RSV, here are some preventative measures, as there is currently no available treatment option.
There are several things that parents can do to help protect their child’s little lungs from severe RSV disease. Ask people to wash their hands after entering the house and before interacting with the children. Make sure that you are washing toys and surfaces frequently in order to reduce the chance of exposure. Keep children away from people who may be sick and away from large crowds. It is also important for parents to ask their child’s pediatrician if their child may be at high risk for severe RSV disease.
Please take a look at this important RSV Awareness Month Infographic for more information on this disease.
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Have you ever had a child who experienced RSV?
Please leave a comment sharing your personal experience with RSV.