It seems that everywhere you go you hear about this dreaded flu that is going around. I know many people in my immediate social circles that have come down with some sort of flu, or flu like symptoms. Since I have an infant, I think twice about the places we go, as I’m trying to keep her as healthy as possible. We wash hands frequently, and I don’t let others hold her unless they have also washed their hands. Obsessive? Maybe.. But when my toddler was younger, she contracted RSV and I never want my children to go through that again. RSV is Respiratory Syncytial Virus and affects the upper respiratory system in young children.
When her pediatrician told me she had RSV, my mind started racing with all the stories I had heard. I thought for sure she would have to be hospitalized, and I knew her symptoms can last for weeks after she started feeling better. When he sent us home with a nebulizer, I was relieved that we were able to treat her at home, but still very wary about what the next few weeks would bring us. Since she was a little over a year old, and we caught it early, there was no need for her to be hospitalized, as long as we were able to manage her health at home.
My toddler recovered from RSV rather quickly, but it is definitely something I never want to experience again. I am most worried about my infant contracting RSV and I may seem silly to friends and family who want to hold my baby, but I don’t let anyone handle her unless they have washed their hands.
Since it seems that everyone is sick or knows someone who has been sick this season, please keep children in mind when you are visiting friends, especially if they have a new baby. Premature babies and newborns are at an increased risk for complications of RSV. You can find out more about RSV and how to prevent and protect your little one by visiting RSV Protection.
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.