October: National RSV Awareness Month

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Did you know that October is National RSV Awareness Month? As a postpartum doula, it is important for me to share with families of newborns, what RSV is and how to prevent it. As we get closer to the winter months, there is an increase risk of RSV between the months of November and March. It can be a scary thing for everyone, if you do not know what to expect and know how to prevent it.

RSVAwareness

What is RSV?

RSV is a contagious and viral disease that infects a individuals lungs and breathing passages. Due to baby’s lungs being so small and fragile, RSV can cause mild to moderate cold-like symptoms, but in certain cases it can cause lung infections which may lead to hospitalization.

Is RSV Contagious?

Parents who are unfamiliar with RSV may think that it is not contagious, but it definitely is contagious. This viral diseases can spread very quickly among children. Even after a child who was infected with RSV may have recovered, they can continue to spread the virus for 1 to 3 weeks afterwards.

What are the signs of RSV?

Knowing the signs of RSV is huge when having small children. If you are able to catch it early enough you can prevent the spread of RSV and possible hospitalization.

  1. Coughing and wheezing that does not stop.
  2. Troubled breathing and/or gasping for breath.
  3. A fever.
  4. Bluish color around the mouth and/or fingernails.
  5. When trying to breathe, the nostrils spread-out and/or a caved-in chest.

How to prevent RSV!

With any disease, prevention is key!

  1. Make sure you are thoroughly washing your hands before touching your baby and make sure family, friends and any visitors are doing the same.
  2. As much as possible and especially if you baby is at high risk, try to avoid crows and young children.
  3. Wash your baby’s toys, clothes and bedding regularly.
  4. No smoking in your home or anywhere near your baby.

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