This is part of a sponsored collaboration with AstraZeneca and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
RSV Disease can affect any baby. In fact, most children get it. However, while it’s normally a minor thing, premature babies are especially vulnerable to sickness which makes them especially vulnerable to RSV Disease.
RSV Disease and Preemies
Every year around the world, 13 million babies are born prematurely. These babies are at higher risk for complications from sickness due to their underdeveloped systems. That’s probably why premature birth is the leading cause of neonatal death. That’s why it’s so important to protect the preemies from sickness, especially RSV Disease.
What is RSV Disease
RSV Disease is a respiratory virus which affects the lungs. Like the flu, it’s seasonal, with the instance of the virus going up in the fall and peaking in the winter. And like the flu, it’s highly contagious. In fact, most children come down with this virus by the age of 2. Although it spreads rapidly among children, it’s generally nothing to worry about. Most kids will recover in 1 to 2 weeks, although they’ll still be able to spread the virus for an additional 1 to 3 weeks.
Most children recover from RSV Disease relatively quickly, but premature infants or infants with lung or heart problems can end up with serious lung infection and/or hospitalization due to the virus.
Symptoms of RSV Disease
- Persistent coughing or wheezing
- Rapid or impaired breathing
- Fever – Most notably greater than 100.4°F in infants under the age of 3 months
- Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
- Flared nostrils and/or caved in chest when breathing
- Gasping for breath
Protecting Your Preemie from RSV Disease
While RSV Disease generally resolves with no problems, it still pays to help prevent your baby from getting it. Whether you have a preemie or not, there are other preemies out there, and all of them need to be protected from the virus. Here are some things you can do to help prevent the spread of the virus.
- Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before touching your baby. Do the same before touching other babies, and ask others to do the same before touching yours.
- Don’t smoke in your home, car, or near your baby, and don’t allow it from others.
- Wash your baby’s toys, clothing, and bedding frequently.
- Keep your baby away from crowds, young children, and people with colds.
- Talk with your doctor. There is no cure, but there are prevention methods.
Help Protect Your Baby
RSV Disease can affect any baby at any time, and it usually will. While this is usually not an overly dangerous thing, preemies can be hit especially hard by the virus and experience significant issues secondary to the viral infection. That’s why it’s so important to know about the disease and how to prevent it.
For more information on RSV Disease, symptoms, and how you can prevent it, visit the RSVProtection website. Highly recommended.
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