When I was pregnant with my daughter I was pretty nervous and wanted to learn everything I could. I read countless books and drilled my mom and sister on a million questions. I was never really around babies before my daughter was born so I was nervous about knowing the right things to do when she was here.
Every time my daughter got sick as an infant it was just a feeling of helplessness. As a parent you want to just take the sickness away and not see them feel uncomfortable or in pain. I remember one particular time when she was about a year and a half and she had a bad cough that would not go away. We were just about to go to the emergency room because it was the weekend and the doctor's office was closed. Thankfully the cough subsided and the fever went down soon after. Now that I think about it and look at the symptoms she might have had RSV.
The symptoms are:
- Coughing or wheezing that doesn't stop.
- Fast or trouble breathing
- A fever (especially if it is greater than 100.4°F in infants under 3 months of age)
- A bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
- Spread-out nostrils and/or a caved-in chest when trying to breathe
- Gasping for breath
The RSV Prevention website makes it super easy to learn all about RSV and how to prevent it. They tell you what months are the highest risk for RSV in your state, allow you to take an interactive risk assessment for your baby and gives you an easy way to start a dialogue with your Pediatrician.
I learned the best ways you can prevent RSV are to:
- Wash your hands carefully before touching your baby, and ask others to do the same
- This one is obvious: no smoking in your home or anywhere near your baby.
- Wash your baby's clothes, toys and bedding regularly.
- Keep your baby away from areas with crowds, young children and people with colds.
World Prematurity Day is on November 17 so bringing awareness to RSV is so important so that parents of infants especially preemies know the facts and how to prevent it.
Do you know the symptoms and ways to prevent RSV?