Take It From Me: RSV Prevention and World Prematurity Day

November 16, 2014

RSV Prevention and World Prematurity Day

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.

Have you heard of RSV?

If not, you are not alone. Almost one-third of all mothers have not heard about RSV even though it is such a common virus.

I try my best to keep my kids healthy. We eat healthy food and stay active, yet it is nearly impossible to not get a cold now and then. It is nearly impossible to keep my kids from getting sick, especially with my oldest in school, so it's extremely important to know the signs of RSV to keep my family safe because I really never know what will come our way.

It seems like everyone I talk to these days is sick, or has a child who is sick. It's that time of year when the weather gets cold and our bodies are more prone to getting illnesses and because of this, it is so important to know the impact that RSV can have on your family and friends. 

RSV is a Respiratory Syncytial Virus that can affect nearly all babies by the age of 2 and is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies under one. 

I know many moms who have had premature babies, and not only is it mentally and emotionally exhausting to have a preemie, there is always a fear that their precious little one could get RSV. Premature babies have such a low immune system and their underdeveloped lungs make them high risk for the RSV virus.

Last year we knew many kids who had RSV, along with our 4-year-old daughter who woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't breathe. She was crying out of fear because she was grasping for air. It was incredibly scary and had never happened to my kids before. To tell you the truth I never thought it ever would happen to my kids because they have always been extremely healthy.

That moment made me realize that my family is not invincible and that I need to be more educated about illnesses going around, such as RSV.

Although RSV is very common, there are ways to help prevent this disease from getting out of hand.

When my kids get home from school and church, I make sure they wash their hands right away. I also make them change their clothes so they don't spread any germs to their siblings, especially their 8 month-old baby sister. Lastly, making sure their bedding is changed out often can help germs from spreading as well, and who doesn't like nice and cozy clean sheets!

November 17th is World Prematurity Day, so let's share this important information and help prevent RSV.

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