RSV Awareness – What You Need to Know

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My oldest son, Jared, was born at 33 weeks, weighing 5 lb. 3 oz. I was only 21 years old and while I knew it was serious, I didn’t realize at the time just how scary & serious it really was. When he was allowed to come home from the NICU, my husband and I were very careful when people came over to our house to see Jared for the first time and we were also very careful where we took him for quite awhile. We knew that his little immune system was already fragile because he was a newborn but especially so because he was a preemie.

One of the things that we learned about from the NICU nurses was RSV. They warned us that it was something we really had to be careful of so we learned more about it. RSV is a seasonal virus and almost all kids will get it by the age of 2. In healthy, full-term babies, the symptoms are usually like a mild to moderate cold. However, for preemies, they have an increased risk of contracting RSV (they are twice as likely as full-term infants to be admitted to the ER for RSV symptoms.

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Although RSV is common (approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 infant deaths each year), a lot of parents aren’t even aware of RSV or know what to look for. 1/3 of moms have never even heard of the virus! If your child has any of the following symptoms, contact your child’s pediatrician right away:

• Persistent coughing 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)

So, how can you protect your baby from RSV? Wash your hands often and ask others to do the same. Keep toys, clothes, blankets and sheets clean. Stay away from crowds and other kids, never let anyone smoke around your baby and never be around anyone who is sick or has been sick recently.


To learn more about RSV, head on over to www.RSVprotection.com for more information, like tips on talking to your child’s doctor about your child’s risk factors, info about the RSV season in your area and real stories from family’s that have experience with RSV.


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