These are all words you don’t want to hear the first weeks in your child’s life. However, I heard them and it’s anything but fun. A pure nightmare actually. You can read all bout how I almost lost my daughter to RSV here. But for now, I want you to know a few things I wish I knew as a first time mom. It’s the littlest things that can be life changing and educating yourself is one of the best things you can do – especially if you have a newborn.
Here are some of facts according the RSV Protection, one of the most informative websites out there:
RSV or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus is a contagious viral disease that may infect a person’s lungs and breathing passages.
RSV spreads rapidly among children. While most will recover in 1 to 2 weeks, even after recovery, infants and children can continue to spread the virus for 1 to 3 weeks
RSV is present year-round but typically goes up in the fall, then peaks in the winter and goes down in early spring. But, the exact timing of RSV season varies by location.
Severe RSV disease is the number one reason babies less than 12 months old in the United States have to be admitted to hospitals.
RSV is a widespread virus that affects almost every infant by the time he or she turns 2. It can infect the lungs of your premature infant and in some cases lead to hospitalization.
RSV is scary and can be life-threatening but being proactive as a parent is one of the best things you can do.
After the jump, browse through images of my daughters struggle with RSV and 8 things you should know as a parent dealing with the virus.
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