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When my older two children were babies, they both contracted RSV. Thankfully, none of them had to be hospitalized, but I know of several babies who have! I can clearly remember how miserable we all were – me, because of the lack of sleep, and the girls, because they had high fevers and severe congestion. We would usually sit in a steamy shower with them for hours and hours in the middle of the night. My husband and I would have to tag-team so the other could get some sleep.
The month of October is RSV Awareness Month, so I’d like to shed some light on what exactly it is:
A common, seasonal virus that typically occurs between November and March in the United States and is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies in their first year of life.
How do we know when it’s something like RSV? The first step would be to contact your health care provider. Most doctors will have an answering service if it’s after hours, otherwise you can go to a walk-in clinic or emergency room depending on severity. My motto is, “When in doubt, get checked out!“
Signs and Symptoms of RSV
Typically, children can exhibit one or more of the following signs/symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Decrease in appetite
- Breathing difficulties
Nearly all babies will contract it before the age of 2, however the severity can be different from baby to baby. Just like how mine weren’t hospitalized, but my cousin’s baby was in the hospital for a week. Because it can be potentially serious, you’ll want to learn how to avoid it below:
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Have you had any experience with RSV in your family? I’d love to hear it below!
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