It's October - National RSV Awareness Month

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This post was sponsored as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Children are the most precious and valuable gifts for parents. It goes without saying that as a mother, my son is very important to me and my love for him has no bounds. As parents, we all want to keep our children happy and healthy creating the best environment for them. This includes avoiding any possible injuries and taking preventive measures against severe illnesses.
One such common, highly contagious, and a seasonal virus is RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) which affects nearly 100% of infants by the age of two. Now that it's October which is the National RSV Awareness Month, let's learn about RSV in a detailed way.

National RSV Awareness Month

The flu season is here and it is only common that kids get affected by common cold or flu. It is one of my major concerns when it comes to my son as it makes him fussy and irritated. And no parent likes to see their kid suffer. RSV season is right from November through March and that is when we need to pay extra attention. I believe in taking necessary precautions right before the season starts till it ends. You can do several things to protect your child's little lungs from RSV and the details are available at Little Lungs website. Especially in babies, RSV heads to a mild respiratory infection with symptoms being same as that of the common cold. However, if babies are born prematurely (earlier than 35 weeks gestational age), it can become a much serious infection which is RSV.

National RSV Awareness Month
The symptoms of severe RSV disease include coughing or wheezing that does not stop; fast or troubled breathing; gasping for breath; a bluish color around the mouth or fingernails; unusual lethargy or tiredness; or a fever (especially if it is greater than 100.4 degrees F [rectal] in infants under 3 months of age). If you observe any such symptoms in your child, it is time to make a visit to the hospital at the earliest.

RSV disease is dangerous because there is no current treatment available and we can only take preventative measures by learning the signs and symptoms of the disease. There are a few things you can do as parents to keep your kids safe from severe RSV disease:
  • Ask everyone to wash their hands after entering the house and before interacting with the children.
  • Wash the toys and surfaces frequently to reduce the chance of exposure.
  • Keep children away from people who may be sick.
  • Stay away from large crowds.
  • Ask your child's pediatrician if your child is at high risk for severe RSV disease.

Baby's lungs are fragile and let's all come together in the National RSV Awareness Month to protect their little lungs from this season's biggest threat. Let's keep our children in good health and spread their beautiful smiles all over the world.

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