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RSV Toddlers and Babies Can be Affected
Did you know that October is National RSV Awareness Month? Toddlers and children can catch the respiratory syncytial virus which a common seasonal virus that is highly contagious. Nearly 100% of children are affected by age 2 and it spikes during November through March.
I learned about RSV when a friend of mine had a child born prematurely. The doctors and nurses made sure to warn her of the dangers of RSV on babies and the steps she needed to take to prevent the spread of it to her child.
Symptoms and Signs of RSV
In most babies, RSV turns into a manageable mild respiratory infection that can mirror the cold and flu. However, a baby born prematurely can have more serve symptoms which led my friend to go to the ER twice and her daughter diagnosed with RSV.
- a fever (if there is a high fever in a child under 3 months it is VERY served)
- very tired all the time
- blueish color in fingernails or around their mouth
- gasping for breath
- non stop coughing or wheezing
When you notice these symptoms the child needs to go to the hospital right away! The most important thing to remember about the RSV disease is that there’s no treatment. That’s why the best thing is taking preventive steps.
Prevention in RSV
It is easy to manage prevention of spreading RSV and these steps are something you may already do during cold and flu season.
- Ask guests that come in to wash their hands before handling or playing with children
- Don’t bring your children to adults who are sick
- Avoid large crowds
- Disinfect and wash toys that can carry germs
If you’re unsure if your child is in danger of a higher risk of getting RSV make sure to speak with your pediatrician. During the hospital stay that my friend’s daughter had to have it was very heartbreaking that she couldn’t be home.
Once we knew that she was a high risk of getting the most serve symptoms of RSV, we made sure those prevention steps were in place.
Please be sure to help keep the awareness of RSV symptoms and prevention known and share this!