Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
My son is healthy. Way healthy. We get comments multiple times daily about how healthy (and adorable) he is. At 7 months old he is 25lbs, wears 18-24 month clothing and has been healthy apart from a tiny cold that the girls gave him when they started school in August.
But last month he got another cold. It wasn’t going away though. Because of his age there isn’t anything to give a baby and we try to be as natural as possible anyway so we were doing everything we could think of like suctioning his nose out, breastfeeding as much as he’d take so he could get those antibodies from me, oils, humidifier, and so much more. 5 weeks and 3 doctor visits later we finally got an answer from Ben’s pedi.
Last Wednesday, I called the doctor and said I am coming in. Ben had started wheezing ad it concerned me and my husband. I went in knowing he’d get a breathing treatment before the doctor even saw him.
The doctor came in. Listened to him and confirmed he heard wheezing too. So I said, “does he have RSV?” He answered that he might so they’ll test. The nurse swabbed his nose and 10 minutes later they came back with the results. My seemingly healthy son has RSV.
I stood there holding Ben with a blank stare on my face and all I could say was, “I knew it.” I guess a mama does know. My 1st thought? ‘Well, now I guess I have a better connection to that campaign I’m doing’. I wish I didn’t have this personal connection though.
It’s been a rough week so far and it’s not over. Ben needs a breathing treatment every 4 hours. Before that I suction out his nose, go into the bathroom with the shower as hot as can be and sit in the steamy room until the water goes cold, I suction his nose again, and then proceed to do his 10 minute breathing treatment. Every 4 hours. I’m scared to see my water bill next month to be honest. Ben has not seemed to get better. Not worse, but not better.
So how did my baby, born at 39 weeks, born at 8.6lbs, stays at home with me 24/7… HOW did he get RSV??! Thankfully, by doing this campaign I’ve actually learned a lot about RSV so I have been prepared and educated.
RSV is actually a very common seasonal virus that nearly all children under the age of 2 will contract. It typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies. With approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 infant deaths each year you can understand why I’ve been so crazy this past week.
When should you contact your child’s doctor?
Signs of severe RSV Disease:
– Persistent coughing or wheezing
– Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
– Rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths
– Fever (especially if it is over 100.4°F [rectal] in infants under 3 months of age)
How can you help protect your baby from RSV? RSV is very contagious and can be spread just by touching since it can live on the skin and other surfaces for hours. Although, there is no treatment for RSV you can help minimize the spread of RSV.
Ways to prevent RSV include:
– Wash their hands and ask others to do the same
– Keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean
– Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season
– Never let anyone smoke around your baby
– Stay away from people who are sick or have recently been sick.
NOVEMBER 17TH IS WORLD PREMATURITY DAY!
While every baby is at risk of contracting RSV, babies born prematurely are at increased risk for developing severe RSV disease. In fact, preterm infants are twice as likely as full-term infants to be admitted to the hospital for RSV-related symptoms.
I encourage you to share what you’ve learned from me today and spread the word to everyone you know who has a young baby. If you are concerned about RSV, please talk to your child’s pediatrician. This post is not meant to diagnose.