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My sister has twins who were born 5 weeks early, in the middle of RSV season and right during hurricane Katrina. Talk about stressful!
I had not had any of my babies yet but I remember her being worried about the babies getting RSV since they were premature. RSV is a virus most kids get by the time they are 2 years old and only causes cold like symptoms in healthy full term kids but it is the leading cause of hospitalization in babies under 1 year of age and can be serious in premature infants.
It causes approximately 125,000 hospitalizations each year and is responsible for around 200 infant deaths yearly.
The problem is it is a common virus but 1/3 of parents have never even heard of this sickness. Everyone is at risk to contract RSV but premature babies are at a higher risk at developing severe symptoms.
If your you notice your baby with any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately:
-Persistent coughing or wheezing
-Blue color around the mouth or fingernails
-Fever in infants if under 3 months of age
How can you protect your baby from getting RSV?
RSV can be transferred from person to person from touching, sneezing or coughing. The virus itself can live on the skin or surfaces for hours so washing hands and wiping down tabletops is important to stop the spread of RSV. Try to keep your hands, baby toys, blanket and sheets clean and additionally do not let your baby around people who smoke or have been sick recently.
To learn more about RSV, go the to RSV protection website.
World premature Day is Nov. 17th and even if you did not have a premature baby I am sure you know someone who has. I remember people giving my sister a hard time for not wanting to get her twins around people for a while but what they didn’t understand was she was trying her best to keep them from getting RSV. It is important to not only protect your kids and family but also help not to spread sickness to other people.
I know when my kids are sick and people are coming over to my house, I always call them ahead of time and let them know how sick my kids are. My friends do the same so we as mom’s can make the call whether or not we just get our kids around other sick kids. If you have ever had 4 sicks kids at once, you don’t know how hard it is to care that many kids at once who need you 24/7. I appreciate it so much when people are that considerate to let me know and I think we should all try to do the same thing!
We can all work together to keep our families well and if you need more info about RSV, go here!