This post was sponsored by AstraZeneca as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I was 20 months old when my brother Brandon was diagnosed with RSV; He developed pneumonia as a complication of RSV and was hospitalized for nearly two weeks at the Children’s Hospital that was two hours from our home. I had to stay with my grandparents, and my parents had to take off work to help care for him. Thankfully he recovered and didn’t suffer any further complications, but it was a scary time for our family. October is National RSV Awareness Month and I’m trying to help create awareness about the prevention of RSV.
Are you curious what the initials RSV stand for? It’s an abbreviation Respiratory Syncytial Virus. RSV is a very common seasonal virus that most frequently occurs from November through March in the United States. It’s the leading cause of hospitalization for babies under one year of age. RSV can be mild like a cold, but severe cases can cause hospitalization or complications such as pneumonia. It can be life threatening.
National RSV Awareness month was created to educate parents and caregivers about the signs and symptoms of RSV. There are preventative measures that can be taken to help protect little lungs.
Certain infants are more susceptible to RSV such as:
- Babies with lung disease or heart disease
My mom was a nurse, and when I was older I can remember her taking off her nursing scrubs as soon as she came home from work. She would scrub her hands good or take a quick shower before greeting any of us. I thought she was silly for going to such extreme lengths when I was younger, but now I appreciate her effort to keep us safe.
Here’s a great infographic about RSV and a link to download the pdf file.
My son was a born at 36 weeks, so I had to take precautions to help keep his #LittleLungs safe.
This included simple things like:
- Washing our hands frequently and making sure other people was their hands before handling a baby
- Avoid crowded places, small children, and people with colds
- Wash bedding and clothing frequently, and sterilize toys if possible
- Don’t allow people to smoke in your home or around your baby
Do you know the warning signs and symptoms of RSV? If you don’t, you should educate yourself by visiting www.RSVProtection.com. The sooner you recognize the symptoms, the sooner you can seek treatment and help prevent complications.
Help spread the word about RSV by sharing about RSV Awareness Month.