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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Protecting Little Lungs from RSV

This post was sponsored by AstraZeneca as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I remember the first time I heard about RSV. I was pregnant with my first born. There was a very real commercial that made me open my eyes to how serious it is. My daughter was born in December, so preventing RSV was a high priority for me. 

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National RSV Awareness Month takes place every October as a time to educate parents about the signs and symptoms of RSV disease as well as prevention measures you can take.

RSV is a common, seasonal virus that typically occurs between November and March in the United States and is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies in their first year of life. The disease causes mild to moderate cold like symptoms and affects nearly 100% of babies by the age of 2.

Symptoms include the following:
- persistent coughing and wheezing
- rapid, difficult or gasping breaths
- bluish color around lips, mouths or fingernails
- fever

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RSV is more than a cold for infants because their lungs are still developing. Nearly all babies by the age of two in the US will contract RSV, however severity varies. Those at high risk could even develop bronchiolitis or pneumonia. But there are things you can do to help prevent RSV:



Wash Your Hands. And make others around you wash their hands especially if they want to hold your baby. I made people do this when my daughter was in the hospital. Apparently some people go annoyed with it, but a little inconvenience now can save so much hassle in the long run.





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Avoid Sick People. Stay away from people who have signs of sickness and do not let them hold your baby. There will sure to be someone who gets upset by this, but feel free to explain to them why you are taking these precautions. They want to keep your baby healthy too.
Continue Breastfeeding. If you become sick, continue breastfeeding. My doctor recommended this to me and although I was sick, my daughter never did because she was getting the protective antibodies.

Avoid Crowds. Germs are everywhere. When there are more people around, then there are more germs. And not everyone stays home when they are sick.

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If you want to learn more about RSV disease and how you can keep your child healthy this RSV season, please visit RSV Protection. #LittleLungs #RSVAwarenessMonth

This post was sponsored by AstraZeneca as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

7 comments:

  1. So important!! RSV is so serious and so scary!!

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  2. When there was a scare when my granddaughter was born, I remember the hospital made us wear the latex gloves, a hospital gown over our street clothes and a mask over our mouths. I didn't care though! I would rather be safe then sorry! This is a scary disease!! Poor babies!

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  3. My best friends baby got RSV and almost died. It is a scary disease that has complications and the tips to keep RSV away need to be done daily when you have a small child.

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  4. Thank you for the informative article

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  5. I did not know about RSV when I was pregnant years ago. It is very scary and all this info is very helpful.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  6. I had my daughter years ago, and I remember an older nurse telling me not to take her out and show her off. It was in April and colds were still going around. I did hold off taking her out. So many take small babies into situations that arent the best with the best intentions SV is only one of many things. It is best to wait until they are a bit older
    ellen beck

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    1. I completely agree. My daughter was born in December. My MIL insisted I take her to a family event 9 days after she was born, but yet insisted my SIL keep her April baby at home when she wanted to go to an event.

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