Friday, November 15, 2013

RSV Facts and World Prematurity Day #RSVAwareness #MC #sponsored

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MedImmune. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

It is very scary being the parent of a preemie. For my family, we had double the scare because we had twin preemies who were born at 32 weeks. The twins are now 19 but I do think of all that we went through every November 17th for World Prematurity Day. 
Preemies

Have you had to deal with preemies? What was your biggest concern? Our biggest concern was lung development and that they were at a higher risk for Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV.

RSV Facts

Here are some facts about RSV
  • RSV is a common seasonal virus in children by age two which causes mild to moderate cold like symptoms. 
  • Preemies are at a higher risk of developing severe RSV due to underdeveloped lungs and immature immune systems.
  • RSV is most common from November through March.
  • RSV disease is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies in their first year of life.
  • Despite RSV being so common, over 1/3 of moms have never heard of the virus.
rsv treatment

RSV Symptoms
  • Persistent coughing and wheezing
  • Bluish color around mouth and fingernails
  • Rapid, difficult breathing
  • Fever over 100.4 F
RSV Prevention

  • Be diligent in washing your little ones hands and make sure others who touch them do the same especially at child care center.
  • Keep toys, clothes, bedding clean.
  • Avoid crowded areas and other young children during RSV season.
  • Don't smoke around your children. 
  • Stay away from those who are sick.
When my girls were preemies, we made sure to keep them away from little kids and people who were sick. For their first 6 months of life we did not have them around a lot of people. I even chose to become a stay at home mom to decrease their risk of infections from child care centers. We did this because there isn't a treatment for RSV once contracted. Prevention is the key to warding off the RSV disease. We were blessed to have had a child with RSV. I hope that you take precaution during this season and keep your kids protected

For more information on RSV check out the RSVProtection.com where you can learn even more than what I shared today. 



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