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Scarlet was seven-months-old and we went to a winter party at a friend’s house. After we got there, a guest told us her kids had colds but this was already after they had been hovering over the foods and my daughter. Scarlet developed a cold, unlike all others I had experienced, and the same thing happened to me. The diagnosis was RSV, and I had never heard of it before. I think that was the very day I learned to not take kid colds lightly, and I learned about preventative measures for the future.
National RSV Awareness Month takes place every October – and this is a time to educate parents about the signs and symptoms of RSV disease, as well as ways to prevent it. RSV is common and seasonal, and usually occurs between November and March in the United States. Scarlet was diagnosed in February. RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies in their first year of life. Aside from the infographic, you can also learn more about RSV through the RSVProtection.com website.
Now that I have nephews, I’m reminded of the importance of RSV education. Babies have fragile lungs, but many parents might not know how to protect those precious lungs from this season’s biggest threats. While you keep your babies safe, warm, and fed, also know the facts about RSV and how to protect your babies. Nearly all babies in the US will contract RSV by the age of two, however, severity varies. Scarlet was not hospitalized when she had RSV, and we were lucky. Des never had RSV. I was more aware than ever about it with him because he had been in the NICU at birth, and because Scarlet had RSV. Now when I visit my nephews, I always wash my hands – with RSV season on its way. I make sure my kids wash their hands too.
Visit this site to learn more about RSV disease and how to help keep your child healthy this RSV season! Education is key, and will help you to take preventative measures and keep your baby healthy.