Signs and Symptoms of RSV – And Tips to Prevent RSV in Your Little One!

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Last winter, my barely a year old baby girl got sick with the dreaded respiratory syncytial virus commonly known as RSV.She had a high fever, horrible cough and only wanted to sleep and cuddle with her Mama. While I love the cuddles, it’s heartbreaking seeing my baby in pain.

I’d had friends whose children bad been hospitalized with it. When Madison was first diagnosed, I was scared. We live on a remote island in Alaska and medical care isn’t that great here. What if she had to be hospitalized? Would she be okay? Luckily, Madison did only have a mild case, but this still led to some sleepless nights and a lot of google searching from this mama.

I’d heard of RSV before, but honestly wasn’t 100% sure what it was until my own daughter became sick with it. October is RSV Awareness month. I’m sure there are so many other mom’s, who like myself, are unaware of what exactly RSV is. RSV is a common, highly contagious, seasonal virus that affects nearly 100% of infants by the age of two and occurs in epidemics from November through March. Since this is a very contagious virus, it’s important to educate ourselves BEFORE our littles get sick.

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In many babies, RSV leads to a mild respiratory infection with symptoms similar to the common cold or flu. This can also prove to be very serious infection in babies who were born prematurely.

As a parent, the hardest thing in the world is watching your little one suffer through a sickness you can not do anything about. Since there are no treatment options, learning the signs and symptoms for RSV is very important. Please call your baby’s doctor if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • High Fever

  • Difficulty breathing or fast breathing

  • Excessive Wheezing and Coughing

  • Gray or Blue Skin Color around the mouth or fingernails

  • Unusual lethargy or tiredness

While there are no treatment options for RSV, there are several ways you can work to possibly prevent it. Since the cold and flu season is in full swing, especially with living in such a cold environment like we do in Alaska, I’m taking all the extra precautions that I can to keep my baby’s lungs RSV and healthy this winter.

  • Ask those visiting your home to wash hands before interacting with your child

  • Wash all Toys and Surfaces

  • Keep child home if you suspect they are sick

  • Avoid contact with sick people

  • Wash Hands frequently

  • Wash bedsheets weekly, more often if you suspect they are sick

Since Madison is still at risk to catch it this winter, I know I’ll be taking extra precautions to hopefully prevent a reoccurrence. You can visit the Little Lungs Website to learn more!

 

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