RSV Prevention in Children #RSVprotection
Flu season is on the minds of everyone it seems. But if you have children, there is something else you need to be aware of… RSV. RSV prevention is extremely important during RSV season which runs from about November through March. So we’re in the thick of it!
I’ll admit that I have been focused on the flu around here. Especially because J, W, and I all had it right before Christmas. Some of my students have had it as well. But RSV is a huge threat to our little ones under 2 so it’s just as important. I know that most of my mom friends and I don’t know as much about RSV as we do the flu!
I have one friend who knows all about it. When her daughter was only about 6 months old, they learned firsthand of just how sick a little one with RSV can get. Seeing her go through it with her daughter was a wake up call for me to get educated!
The 411 on RSV
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common, seasonal virus that is highly contagious. It affects two-thirds of all babies by age one and almost 100% of babies by age two. Children in daycare are at an even higher risk and with an estimated 82% of U.S. children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years spending time in daycare, it’s an issue!
The risk is higher because RSV is spread through touching, hugging, and kissing. Plus it can live for hours on surfaces. So all that toy sharing we love to see can actually be spreading RSV!
The Symptoms of RSV
Mild cases of RSV typically look like mild to moderate cold-like symptoms. If a child has milder symptoms, the virus will likely run its course and parents don’t have reason to get too concerned. But in some young children, it can cause a very serious infection. So it’s important to know what to look for to help prevent a serious situation.
Severe RSV Symptoms (requiring immediate medical care):
- Coughing or wheezing that does not stop
- Fast or troubled breathing
- Spread-out nostrils and/or a caved-in chest when trying to breathe
- Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
- Fever (especially if it is over 100.4°F in infants under 3 months of age)
Why is RSV Prevention Important?
Prevention is essential because there is no treatment for RSV. So it is extremely important for parents and caregivers to do what they can to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Ways to Prevent RSV:
- Be vigilant about hand washing for both caregivers and children.
- Keep toys, blankets, and sheets clean.
- Avoid large groups and other sick children during RSV season.
Simple things like washing your hands regularly can help keep our kids healthy this RSV season!
To learn more, check out the infographic below. You can visit www.RSVProtection.com and follow #RSVProtection on Twitter to find out even more!
How do you keep your kids healthy during RSV and flu season?
Disclosure: 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.