I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Having had three children in the past 4 years I’ve been on the lookout for symptoms of RSV every fall and winter. Annie was born in February so this is her first fall and first full winter. I’m definitely educating myself on things that I can do to help prevent her from getting RSV. Knowledge is definitely the key in surviving being a mom. Although we can’t stop everything bad from happening to our children, we can put all of our efforts into preventing it.
The first two years of LA’s life were full of illness. He got sick often and was on breathing treatments many, many times. As I write this, Annie is sick. She’s had a fever all day and earlier she had some rapid breathing that I was watching very closely. I am praying she doesn’t get worse in the next day or so. I have a friend who has a special needs baby that recently got RSV (we haven’t been around them in person so no worry of passing it to Annie) and just hearing about the baby’s struggle was heart wrenching. RSV is not something I would want any baby to go through. Preventing it is so important.
What is RSV and When Should I Watch for Symptoms?
RSV is a common virus that occurs in epidemics typically between November and March. It is contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, however, it can be very dangerous to infants, especially preemies. It is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies under one and is the cause of up to 200 infant deaths each year. Preterm infants are actually twice as likely to be hospitalized for RSV than full term infants.
What are the Symptoms of RSV that I Should Look For?
- Persistent cough and/or wheezing
- Watch for a bluish color around baby’s mouth and/or fingernails
- Rapid breathing, difficulty breathing or gasping breaths
- Fever over 100.4 º F (taken rectally) if baby is under 3 months old
Early diagnosis is critical with RSV. Some symptoms can be confused with cold/flu symptoms. Educate yourself and be cautious when it comes to the health of your children. Education and awareness are keys to preventing this awful virus.
How Can I Help Prevent RSV?
- Wash, wash, wash! Wash your hands and the hands of your children often!
- Keep anything your baby comes in contact with clean! That includes toys, clothing, blankets, sheets, etc.
- Avoid being around other children or in big crowds during RSV season because RSV is very contagious
- Do not let smokers around your baby (not only during RSV season though, NEVER let them around your baby)
If you know someone who’s been sick, stay away from them. It’s not worth the risk. With today’s technology, you can talk on the phone or video chat, just don’t see them in person til they’ve been well for a while.
World Prematurity Day is Monday, November 17. Educate yourself, educate others. Help prevent RSV. #RSVAwareness for #PreemieProtection!
To read real stories of families who have had experience with RSV and to get the data about RSV in your area and for more information, visit the RSV Awareness website.