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Having had three beautiful baby boys in the last four years (my latest just over three weeks ago!!), I have become very familiar with the experience of watching for symptoms of various childhood illnesses. And because my first two were born in February, and the latest in October, I have been vigilant in keeping an eye out for the symptoms of RSV.

I first became acquainted with RSV when my niece was diagnosed with it at just about ten days old. She spent nearly two weeks in the hospital, hooked up to ventilators and struggling to survive. It was the scariest thing her parents could imagine, and all of our family was affected. The fact is, my niece was a full term, very healthy baby, and she still came down with RSV. But the likelihood and severity of it is SO much higher for pre-term babies.

What Are the Symptoms of Severe RSV Disease?

Contact your child’s pediatrician immediately if your child exhibits one or more of the following:

  • 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)

My middle son, Daniel, was born at 35.5 weeks, technically a preemie baby. We were so very lucky because he measured at 37.5 weeks when he was born, a whopping 6 lbs 4 oz. Amazingly, my third son, Chester, was born exactly at 37 weeks and was 6 lb 12 oz! But while we were pleased with Dan’s size and health, I spent so many sleepless nights worried about his breathing, his coloring, his temperature and every single cough or wheeze.

Nearly every child will have RSV at some time before they are two years old and every baby is at risk of contracting it. But babies born prematurely are at increased risk for developing severe RSV disease. In fact, preterm infants are twice as likely as full-term infants to be admitted to the hospital for RSV-related symptoms.

RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. It can also live on the skin and surfaces for hours. There is no treatment for RSV disease once it’s contracted, so prevention is critical.

What Can You Do to Stop the Spread of RSV?

  • Wash your hands and make everyone else do so as well
  • Keep toys, clothes, blanket and sheets clean
  • Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season
  • Never let anyone smoke around your baby
  • Steer clear of people who are sick or who have recently been sick

RSV Infographic

World Prematurity Day is Monday, November 17. Keep the education going. Spread the word – not the germs!  Help prevent RSV.

Visit the RSV Awareness website to learn more about the disease and what you can do to minimize your risks.

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