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October is National RSV Awareness Month, it is a time to educate ourselves, our friends and our family about the signs and symptoms of RSV Disease. Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a common, seasonal virus that occurs in the U.S. between November and March and is the leading cause for hospitalization in children under the age of 1. It's scary to think that nearly all children will catch RSV by the time they're 2 years old. Both of my youngest grandsons, one who was born premature, contracted RSV when they were about one and a half. It started off as a simple cold that just wouldn't go away until they both ended up in the emergency room. Today I will share information with you about RSV as well as some prevention measures that you can take to protect your baby against this disease.
As parents, we want to protect our newborns when bringing them home from the hospital. Newborns have a much weaker immune system and that is why we have to take extra steps to do so. Among the last organs to mature before birth, are newborns' little lungs which are highly succeptible to respiratory viruses. This is why we need to take extra precations. Currently, there is no treatment for RSV once contracted, prevention is KEY. Follow these steps to protect your child.
Remind children (and grownups) in your home to wash their hands frequently.
Sanitize your child's belonging regularly.
Visit your child's doctor to find our if he/she might be at high risk for RSV.
All newborns are at risk of RSV but premature babies are more so. Premature babies born at or before 35 weeks are at higher risk of respitory infections, including severe RSV disease. Symptoms are similar to the common cold or flu. If your child is one or under and suffering with a cold that includes wheezing and constant coughing, fast or troubled breathing, and/or a fever over 100. 4°, then you need to take them to see the doctor immediately or the emergency room.
RSV disease is scary. Let's take care of our babies little lungs by learning as much as we can about how to prevent RSV.
Visit http://bit.ly/RSVProtection to learn more about RSV disease and how to help keep your child healthy this RSV season.