RSV prevention and Preemie Awareness Day

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common, easily spread virus that almost all children catch at least once by the time they turn two.

RSV disease usually causes moderate-to-severe cold symptoms. However, for some babies, complications from RSV disease can lead to a serious lung infection.

Call your baby’s doctor if your baby has any of these problems:

* Coughing or wheezing that does not stop
* Fast breathing or gasping for breath
* Spread-out nostrils and/or a caved-in chest when trying to breathe
* A bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
* A fever (in infants under 3 months of age, a fever greater than 100.4°F rectal is a cause for concern)

Did you know that babies born at 36 weeks or earlier are at an increased risk of RSV? This can also create some very serious problems.

As the mom of two babies who were born right at the 37 week mark, I am no stranger to RSV. It is a nasty, horrible virus that in our case required hospital stays. Your tiny baby in an oxygen tent, struggling to breathe is not a sight any mother should have to see.

As baby gets older their changes of getting over RSV quickly increases. While RSV is a simpel cold like virus there are some very easy steps you can follow to help keep your child safe:

* Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your baby, and ask others to do the same!
* Don’t let anyone smoke in your home, or near your baby.
* Wash your baby’s toys, clothes, and bedding often.
* Keep your baby away from:
– Crowds and young children
– People with colds

RSV runs in heightened seasons. Depending on where you live, the most contagious times may vary. Typically RSV starts in the fall and ends in the spring. By following some simple steps and really watching your baby you can make sure that even if they do catch RSV, that it is over quickly.

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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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