Protecting the #LittleLungs in Your Life: #RSVAwarenessMonth
- This is part of a sponsored collaboration with AstraZeneca and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
As a new mom, I admittedly spent a large part of my son’s first year of life fretting over every.single.sniffle. Actually, I spent every waking moment monitoring his breathing, his reactions, losing sleep while he slept making sure he was still breathing-I mean I was the epitome of a new mom who was sucked in by every article on the internet filled with all the dangers that can happen to a newborn.
Of course, being Latina, for every sneeze or sniffle, Mami has a cure or consult. "Michelle, el niño! Que le pasa?!" Cut to me running to the baby and taking him to the doctor, and the doctor shaking his head at me while laughing "He's fine, it's normal."
The one thing I never ever read about or was aware was RSV. RSV stands for respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus, which is a contagious viral disease that may infect a person’s lungs and breathing passage. Little did I know that RSV is a seasonal virus that is contracted by nearly 100% of infants by age 2. It is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies in their first year of life and apparently it is VERY COMMON. For something so common, I definitely wish I had learned about this sooner!
RSV is especially troubling for mommies of preemies, since a premmie baby's immune and respiratory system may be at risk for further complications should it contract a virus such as RSV.
My friend Vanessa told me that every month from October to January her son Jackson, who was born at 26 weeks, had to have shots once a month to prevent RSV. Described to her as a “cold gone wrong”, Vanessa had been unaware of RSV’s existence until it posed a very real threat to her young baby’s health and well-being. From not letting friends who were even the slightest bit sick to visit to being extremely diligent with washing their hands, Vanessa and her husband Tom took extra precaution whenever Jackson had the slightest sign of a cold or cough.
Luckily, thanks to his parents hard work and preventative measures, Jackson was able to avoid RSV!
Check out the happy little guy and his parents! <3
The RSV season runs from November through March. So what are some things you can do to prevent RSV
- Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your baby, and ask others to do the same
- Wash your baby’s toys, clothes and bedding often
- Keep your baby away from crowds and young children, as well as people with colds
Let's take care of the #LittleLungs in our lives! Share your thoughts with me in the comments, and for more information vist http://bit.ly/RSVProtection .#RSVAwarenessMonth