As a mom, I know first hand how delicate a brand new baby is. We want only the best for our beautiful newborn to be healthy and happy, but what happens when there are factors that are out of our control? RSV disease is one of those factors, affecting babies and children worldwide.
About RSV Disease
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common, easily spread virus that almost all children catch at least once by the time they turn 2. It infects the airways of the lungs and is usually like a cold, causing regular cold symptoms and in most cases, goes away on it’s own. For young babies, RSV can get severe, causing lung infections and other complications.
It’s best to be in the know and aware of RSV and the fact that it is common, so there is always a chance that you or someone you know could experience this with their children. Some common problems to look out for, from RSVprotection.com:
- Coughing or wheezing that does not stop
- Fast breathing or gasping for breath
- Spread-out nostrils and/or a caved-in chest when trying to breathe
- A bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
- A fever (in infants under 3 months of age, a fever greater than 100.4°F rectal is a cause for concern)
RSV Prevention Tips and Baby Etiquette
If you have a new baby or are going to visit someone else who does, the exposure to infectious germs is one of the biggest dangers for the new baby. This is especially true for premature babies, their lungs and immune systems are not yet fully developed, making it easier to contract infection. Here are a few tips that can aid in the prevention of RSV, one of the most easily spread diseases.
- RSV is often exposed through hugging, touching and kissing. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when handling a newborn. Stay away if you or someone in your household is sick.
- Call before you visit, and respect the fact that some parents may not be ready for visitors. If you are the new parent, you will be very thankful to not have to explain yourself to relatives who feel entitled, and I know that there are plenty!
- Leave toddlers and younger children that go to school or day care at home. Schools and day cares = germ fest!
Surprisingly, only 1/3 of moms have actually heard of RSV disease, I vaguely remember hearing about it in the hospital when Baby Girl was born. Protect your loved ones and educate yourself and other parents about RSV. Please visit RSVProtection.com for more information.
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and received promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.