With November 17th being Prematurity Day we’re hoping to educate all parents of the increased risks that often come with premature birth particularly around one seasonal virus that poses a threat to infants Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
If your a frequent reader of my blog you know my youngest baby girl was born last Summer at 27 weeks and spent 59 days in the NICU.
As each day our little one got stronger in the NICU we also were learning of what we would have to do to make sure she would stay healthy once she would come home with us.
With her having 3 siblings already not only my husband and I had to learn what we had to do but we also had to teach our other children.
Some important things we learned about RSV was :
- RSV epidemics occur each year, between November March, typically, though it can vary yearly in different areas.
- RSV disease is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies first year of life in the US, hospitalizing approximately 125,000 babies and causing up to 400 infant deaths each year.
- RSV disease is the reason for one of every 13 pediatrician visits and one out of of every 38 trips to the ER in children under the age of five.
- Many parents are not even aware of RSV even though it is so common; in fact, one-third of mothers have never heard of the virus
When we found out the facts we followed a few rules that got us through RSV season last year.
- Everyone in our home got the flu shot.
- Everyone washes their hands after being outside and gets a change of clothes.
- If anyone is/was sick they couldn't go near the baby or had to wear a mask. Visitors were VERY limited as well as our outing.
- Our Isabel received monthly synagis shots
- Persistent coughing and/or wheezing
- Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
- Rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths
- Fever [especially if it is over 100.4°F (rectal) [in infants under 3 months of age]
Here are things that you can do to help stop the spread of RSV.
Be sure to wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid crowds with small children during RSV season, avoid sick people and never let anyone smoke around your baby.
Also, be sure to keep anything that your baby comes into contact clean and sanitized, such as bedding and toys.
Most importantly, be aware of the signs of RSV. RSV can live outside of the body for several hours. If you think your baby has RSV, please seek medical help immediately
To find out more information about RSV and prevention visit www.RSVprotection.com