RSV and your babies this Winter

Having had one very premature winter baby and expecting another winter baby, my mind has been taken over with the thought of illness running rampant through our house! We’ve all had the sniffles for the last week and the kids have both had the cough that usually comes along with sniffles. RSV is one illness no parent wants to hear as a diagnosis for their little one!

What is RSV Disease?
RSV is a virus that infects the lungs

RSV or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus is a contagious viral disease that may infect a person’s lungs and breathing passages.
Most children will catch RSV by the age of 2 years.
RSV spreads rapidly among children. While most will recover in 1 to 2 weeks, even after recovery, infants and children can continue to spread the virus for 1 to 3 weeks.
Most people recover from the disease in a week or two, but in premature infants or those with lung or heart problems, severe RSV disease can lead to serious lung infection and hospitalization
RSV Season.

RSV is present year-round but typically goes up in the fall, then peaks in the winter and goes down in early spring. But, the exact timing of RSV season varies by location.

Help prevent RSV disease
You want to make sure you do everything you can to help protect your infant from RSV disease. RSV disease is spread just as easily as the flu. Sneezing, coughing, and touching are all examples of ways RSV can put your infant at risk. Taking a few extra precautions around your family and friends can help protect your baby.

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

Remember, although there is no cure for RSV disease, there are prevention methods. Talk to your doctor to see how you can help protect your baby.

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