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Earlier this year when my son Josh was at his usual daycare, he contracted RSV, at first I thought he just had the flu or a cold but when it didn’t get better after a week I knew it was time to take him to the doctors.
This lasted for about 2 months with Josh, on and off, I ended up in the ER an urgent care with him a couple of times and one night his oxygen level was below average, they ended up sending us to the larger hospital downtown in an ambulance in the event that he might need to stay in the hospital for a few days but luckily he was able to go home later that night.
My son had a cough, fever and runny nose on and off from about the age of 6 months to 8 months, what i didn’t know is that a consistent cough and fever can be a sign on RSV and that these are some of the most common symptoms to look out for including a bluish color around the mouth and fingernails.
I have 3 kids and Josh was the only one who caught it. I found it odd that I wasn’t informed about RSV, I feel that more people need to be informed about the disease, babies lungs are fragile and it’s important that we do whatever we can to protect those little lungs!
This was Josh in his ambulance ride last year, as a parent, it’s something you never want to go through, there is nothing worse than seeing your little one sick and not being able to help them or “cure them”.
Every October it’s National RSV Awareness Month and it’s an important time to educate parents about the signs and symptoms of RSV Disease as well as preventive measure that can be taken.
RSV is a common season virus and it typically occurs between November and March in the US. It’s the leading cause of hospitalization for babies in their first year of life.
Nearly all babies will contract RSV by the age of 2 but the severity can vary, it’s very important to keep your baby safe and warm this season and to help prevent try and prevent RSV you can do things like:
- Remind children to wash their hands and ask other to do the same if they around around your little one.
- Sanitize your childrens toys and belongings regularly to help prevent the spread of germs and exposure.
- Schedule a visit with your childs pediatrician to find out if they might be at risk of contracting RSV.
Click Here to learn more about RSV disease and how to help keep your child healthy this RSV season!