Learn the ABCs of RSV #ABCsofRSV - Sammy Makes Six

Learn the ABCs of RSV #ABCsofRSV

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My daughters China and Ciara, are moms of two very adorable little baby boys, Jeremiah 6 months and Julius 15 months. Watching these little guys grow has been a true blessing for our family, they really bring so much joy and happiness to our lives. But these two little boys have really had the worst luck when it comes to getting sick during the colder months. Julius has had RSV twice now and has made visits to the emergency room a few times. Meanwhile, Jeremiah was just hospitalized for croup last month. These are really scary moments in a parent and grand parents life, especially because Jeremiah was born almost a month ahead of time. Premature babies are especially susceptible to catching RSV, a very common disease that can be fatal in worse cases.

What is RSV? RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a common, seasonal virus contracted by nearly 100 percent of babies by the time they turn two. Even though RSV is so common, two-thirds of Hispanic mothers have never heard of it, and one in five Hispanic moms only becomes aware of RSV once their child has contracted the virus. Data has indicated that infants from African-American and Hispanic communities are at increased risk of developing RSV, so it's incredible that so many of us don't even know what it is. Getting ourselves educated and learning the ABCs of RSV is a simple way that we might be able to protect our kids from this illness.

RSV Infographic - ENGLISH

A is for Awareness:
  • RSV is a common seasonal virus, contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, and typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies. Preterm infants, however, are born with undeveloped lungs and immature immune systems that put them at heightened risk for developing severe RSV disease, often requiring hospitalization.
  • RSV occurs in epidemics each year, typically from November through March, though it can vary by geography and year-to-year.
  • RSV disease is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of life in the United States, with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 400 infant deaths each year.
  • RSV disease is responsible for one of every 13 pediatrician visits and one of every 38 trips to the ER in children under the age of five.
B is for Babies:
  • Premature babies—defined as those born before 37 weeks gestation—are most at risk for developing severe RSV disease because they have underdeveloped lungs and fewer antibodies to fight the virus than babies born full term. 
  • Amongst Hispanics, the preterm birth rate has grown six percent over the last decade. Currently one in eight Hispanic babies is born premature and it is likely that high prematurity rates are a reason for increased risk of RSV within Hispanic communities.
C is for Contagious:
  • RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. Additionally, the virus can live on the skin and surfaces for hours. Keeping children away from anyone who is sick as well as keeping all high-traffic surfaces at home sanitized, can cut down on the risk of catching RSV.

Some of the symptoms of severe RSV disease to look out for: Persistent coughing or wheezing, bluish color around the mouth or fingernails, rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths, a fever of over 100.4°F (rectal) in infants under 3 months of age.

If your child is at risk of developing RSV, speak to your pediatrician and start taking steps to prevent it. Getting educated about RSV is the first step in keeping your little ones safe during this RSV season. Visit www.RSVprotection.com to find out more.

1 comment

tannawings said...

I am glad to see more people becoming aware of this and just gow dangerous it truly is. Everyone wants to show off brnd new babies but you really have to be careful!

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