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Nothing warms my heart more than seeing smiles on babies’ faces. It will melt your heart. However, when babies are miserable, so are the parents. Nothing is more painful than seeing your child in destress.
Did you know that October is National RSV Awareness Month?
During my daughter’s first year of life she caught RSV a few times. As a new parent, I was filled with worry every time she caught the bug. It can be scary for parents if you don’t know the signs and symptoms of RSV disease.
With my infant son and his adorable girlfriend (who was born on the same day!) entering RSV and flu season it is important that we familiarize ourselves with prevention tips and being able to recognize and treat the symptoms.
October is National RSV Disease Awareness Month
What is the RSV Disease?
National RSV Awareness Month takes place every October as a time to educate parents about respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, before the “RSV season.” RSV disease is a common, highly contagious, seasonal virus that affects nearly 100% of infants by the age of two and occurs in epidemics from November through March.
In many babies, RSV leads to a mild respiratory infection with symptoms similar to the common cold or flu, but in some – babies born prematurely (earlier than 35 weeks gestational age) – it can develop into a much more serious infection. Symptoms include:
- coughing or wheezing that does not stop
- fast or troubled breathing that does not stop
- gasping for breath
- blush color around the mouth or fingernails
- unusual lethargy or tiredness
- fever (especially if it is greater than 100.4 degrees F [rectal] in infants under 3 months of age
With no current treatment option available, learning the signs and symptoms of RSV disease and taking preventative measures is very important. Parents can do several things to help protect their child’s little lungs from severe RSV disease:
- asking everyone to wash their hands after entering the house and before interacting with the children.
- washing toys and surfaces frequently to reduce the chance of exposure
- keeping children away from people who may be sick and away from large crowds.
- asking child’s pediatrician if their child may be at high risk for severe RSV disease.
Visit Little Lungs to learn more about RSV disease and how to keep your little child’s lungs healthy. Spread the word so we can keep our precious babies happy and healthy. Because we they are happy so are parents!