With the season of the “sickies” here and the flu going around on a bigger scale than normal, many people are making sure to stay informed. Not only are we staying informed but we are taking precautions to protect ourselves from getting sick. We do what we can to prevent ourselves from getting sick. What about the little ones who can’t take prevention steps for themselves? There is a very serious sickness call RSV that wee ones (usually before the age of 2) have a chance to contract and we, adults, have to make sure that doesn’t happen. We have to take the steps to make sure this stays away from babies because it is a very dangerous thing to contract.
What is RSV?
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common, seasonal virus that is highly contagious. It affects two-thirds of all babies by age one and almost 100% of babies by age two. It is often spread through touching, hugging and kissing and can live on surfaces for several hours.
Who is at risk?
Those most at risk for severe RSV include premature infants. Their lungs aren’t fully developed and they have fewer infection-fighting antibodies than full-term babies.
What time of year does it appear?
Though it could occur anytime, RSV season, typically runs from November through March. So, really keep an eye out during those months.
What do we need to look for?
Mild to moderate cold-like symptoms, but in some babies it results in a serious respiratory infection.
Symptoms of severe RSV infection that requires immediate medical care:
- Coughing or wheezing that does not stop
- Fast or troubled breathing
- Spread-out nostrils and/or a caved-in chest when trying to breathe
- Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
- Fever (especially if it is over 100.4°F in infants under 3 months of age)
What steps do we need to take to prevent?
- Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your baby, and ask others to do the same
- Don’t let anyone smoke in your home, or near your baby
- Wash your baby’s toys, clothes, and bedding often
- Keep your baby away from: Crowds and young children, and people with colds
Check out this infographic with a bit more information:
It’s so easy to spread and very serious, which makes it scary. So do your part and make sure you prevent for those that can’t prevent for themselves!! Learn more by visiting RSVprotection.com
**I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.