Thursday, November 14, 2013

MedImmune #RSVawareness #preemieawareness #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 getting to be the time of year where sicknesses just fly around.  It is never fun to get sick.  And if you have small children then likely you are like me and do all you can to keep them from getting sick.  Babies are especially vulnerable to getting sick and even worse getting RSV.  RSV is Respiratory Syncytial virus, it is a common seasonal virus contracted by nearly all children by the age of two.  By having the word common in there you might think it is no big deal, but I have to tell you that RSV is a big deal.  Typically it causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms for seemingly healthy babies.  But for preterm infants RSV are at a higher risk for developing severe RSV and needing to stay in the hospital.  RSV roots in premature lungs right in the narrow and fragile airways.  Preterm babies have a lower immune systems and therefore have few virus fighting antibodies.  Each year RSV occurs in epidemics, usually from November to March.  RSV is the main cause for hospitalization of babies during their first year of life in the United States.  The numbers of hospitalizations is around 125,000 and up to 400 infant deaths are a result each year from RSV.  RSV is a common virus, but many parents are unaware of the disease or the risks.  If parents don't know a disease exists then they are unable to watch for signs and symptoms.

Some of the Symptoms of Severe RSV Disease include:

>  persistent coughing or wheezing
> Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
> Rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths
> Fever {especially if over 100.4 F(rectal) in infants under 3 months of age}


     I have been very fortunate and neither one of my boys has gotten RSV.  Although I know how terrible it can be for a baby.  My niece got RSV as an infant and was really sick.  She had to stay in the hospital for a few days.  Luckily she got better and doing great today.  RSV is a conmmunicable disease, meaning it is contagious and can be contracted easily through touching,sneezing, and coughing.  And unlike some viruses, RSV can stay alive on the skin or other surfaces for hours.  There is no known cure for RSV.  That is why prevention is so important.  Parents can take steps to reduce their child's rick for RSV.

Parents should:

>  Wash hands and have others wash theirs too.
>  Keep toys, blankets, clothes, and sheets clean.
>  Avoid crowds of people and especially keep baby away from anyone that has been diagnosed with RSV.
>  Never smoke or let anyone else smoke around your child.
>  Keep your distance from known sick people even after they have returned to work.

     World Prematurity Day is coming on November 17,2013.  I have been blessed with full term (literally) babies.  But not all babies are lucky enough to get all the time they need to grow fully inside mama's tummy.  Again my twin nieces were premature and both required longer then normal hospital stay as well as some visits back.


For more information about RSV, check out the RSV Protection website.

2 comments:

  1. I always worried about RSV because my little guy was a preemie. This is great info to share, thanks!

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  2. I am so thankful that my son did not have this when he was a baby. Such a scary illness.

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