Do you know the risks of RSV or even what RSV is? I have to admit I was clueless as to what RSV was with my first son. It turns out we where extremely lucky to have been un-scaved by the virus. I only learned of the virus after a close friends daughter was hospitalized at 24 weeks old. This scary and sometimes deadly virus can be avoided with the proper care.
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Data has indicated that infants from African-American and Hispanic communities are at increased risk of developing severe RSV disease. Learn the facts and simple ways to keep your family healthy during RSV season.
Learning the ABCs of RSV
A is for Awareness:
RSV is Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a common seasonal virus contracted by nearly 100 percent of babies by their second birthday. This is a super common virus that can be dangerous. It often leads to a mild respiratory infection, and in some babies like preemies, it can develop into a more serious hospitalization, and even death.
RSV typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies. The leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year in the US is RSV. With about 125,000 hospitalizations, up to 400 infant deaths, and 8 trips to the ER in children under the age of five each year.
One in five Hispanic mothers only learn about RSV once their child contracts the virus.
B is for Babies:
Premature babies ( babies born before 37 weeks gestation) are most at risk for developing severe RSV disease. Their underdeveloped lungs and fewer antibodies. With the Hispanic preterm birth at one in eight and half a million babies a year being premature RSV is a very important topic.
C is for Contagious:
RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. The virus can live on the skin and surfaces for hours. There is no treatment for RSV disease once it’s contracted. Make sure you take the proper steps to prevent the virus from affecting your child.
Visit your child’s pediatrician 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
Protect your child from contracting RSV. Interaction of babies with siblings and extended family who – go to school and can bring the virus home and cause a bigger threat at spreading RSV.
• Wash their hands and ask others to do the same
• Keeping toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean
• Avoiding 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
Learn more about RSV from this infographic, speaking to your child’s pediatrician and visiting www.RSVprotection.com.