Protect your Baby
Do you know what RSV is?
I didn’t until a few years ago. April of 2009 to be exact. And here I was the mother of three children. One of which had been very sick from the time he was 6 weeks old until about the age of six, with asthma. No one ever mentioned RSV back in the 90′s .
In April of 2009 my two beautiful granddaughters became very ill. You’ve seen both of them many times here on my blog. They recovered but at the time it was very scary to say the least.
Hailey was about 2 1/2 years old at the time and Emma was 1o months old. Right before Easter Hailey got sick. She had coughing, fever, flu-like symptoms.
At the time Emma , who is my sons daughter was living with us along with my son and his girlfriend. We lived right next door to my oldest daughter, Megan, her husband and Hailey.
Hailey spent lots of time at my house visiting and spending the night.
Megan took Hailey to the doctors. The doctor said Hailey had a viral infection, it had to run it’s course and to treat it with OTC medication. Soon baby Emma was sick. Of course she probably had what Hailey had so we treated her for her symptoms.
Megan called the doctor 2 or 3 times that week and was told the same thing over and over again.
Listen to your built in mothers intuition. We were getting no where with the nurses at the doctors office.
Hailey was getting sicker. Emma wasn’t doing too well either. Both children became lethargic.
A common symptom of a serious life threatening case of RSV. Emma’s pediatrician took a RSV swab and it came back positive and she was sent to the hospital. a few hours late we took Hailey to the ER. Both were admitted even though Haileys swab came back negative the doctor at the hospital treated her for RSV. She had all the symptoms and because we lived so close together and spent so much time together Hailey had to also have RSV.
She probably saved both my granddaughters lives.
Information Source RSVProtection.com
LIKE THE FLU, RSV DISEASE IS SEASONAL
- RSV season usually runs from fall into spring. But RSV can be in a community all year-long.
- It is estimated that 82% of U.S. children aged six weeks to six years old, spend some amount of time in child care. Whether it’s five or 50 hours a week, the risks of spending time in a daycare or pre-school setting are the same — increased exposure to contagious germs and viruses.
- Children who are in daycare are at a higher risk for RSV.
Hailey was in a small home day care setting. Emma stayed home with me. There is no way of knowing where Hailey picked up the RSV virus. It could have been anywhere. None of the other children at Haileys daycare came down with RSV.
The day care, the grocery store, a friend’s house or the park could have been where Hailey picked up the virus. Anywhere children play or get together can be contaminated with the virus. It stays alive on surfaces for weeks.
Preventive measures should be taken if you have small babies in your family.
What can you do to protect your child from RSV?
- RSV usually causes mild to moderate cold like symptoms in an average baby. Babies infected with RSV can spread the viral infection to babies who may be high risk and may develop the more serious life threatening RSV disease that will require hospitalization.
- Premature babies, babies with heart disease or chronic lung disease are at a higher risk to develop RSV disease.
Let me tell you something. My granddaughters were born full term, did not have a congenital heart disease or a lung disease. The doctors at the hospital kept insisting that they were predisposed to asthma or had suffered asthma like symptoms in the past. Maybe they were but neither one had any asthma issues before getting sick with RSV.
Remember I mentioned that my son had been very sick when he was small? When he was six weeks old he became very ill with all the symptoms of RSV. Back then in 1990 I’m not even sure if RSV was called RSV. He was in the hospital for a week. In a mist tent and received breathing treatments. After going through this RSV ordeal with my granddaughter I believe he had RSV. He developed asthma. I traveled with a nebulizer and albuterol every where I went until he was about 6 or 7 years old and seemed to grow out of it.
That made his daughter Emma predisposed to asthma.
Hailey’s mother, my oldest daughter had been pretty ill most of her childhood also. She was constantly being treated for bronchitis Finally when she was around 10 an ear nose and throat doctor told me he didn’t care what all the other doctors had called my daughters bronchitis it was asthma. Thankfully she finally outgrew it also.
That made her daughter Hailey predisposed to asthma.
Hailey spent 5 days in the hospital.Emma was there over a week. Though both granddaughter were very sick. Emma was the sickest. She spent most her hospital stay in pediatric intensive care. She was struggling to breathe. They almost had to intubate her. Thankfully her breathing started to improve with respiratory treatments and they didn’t have to intubate her.
Both children received respiratory therapy. Hailey’s therapy was painful and painful to watch. Every hour she would receive a breathing treatment. Then a compression vest was put on her. Then the therapist pounded on her back with a rubber cup for 20 to 30 minutes. She cried every time. She cried when she saw the therapist walk in the door. It was a horrible experience to say the least and believe me this is the short version of the story.
Both children had to continue with breathing treatments at home after they left the hospital for a few weeks. They both recovered from the illness but it could have been much worse.
Once your child has been infected there is nothing you can do. The best thing you can do is prevent it. Please do what you can to protect your baby from RSV so you don’t have to go through what my family did. Children will get sick but for children under the age of two you should take as many precautions as you can to protect them from RSV.
Go to the RSV Protection site to learn more about how you can protect your baby and identify the symptoms of RSV. On the Is your baby at risk page you can do the RSV Risk Assessment quiz and check out your own state to find out when the RSV season is and even how bad the RSV season is in your area.
Speak to your child’s doctor if you have any questions about your own child’s risk factors.
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.
All opinions are my own.