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Our family really enjoys visiting the mountains in October. The cool, crisp air is wonderful for feeling refreshed and reenergized. When we deeply breathe the fresh mountain air, it’s a time to be thankful for good health.
Health isn’t something to take for granted, especially with a baby in the house. Baby lungs are so susceptible to contracting the virus RSV. October is National Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Awareness Month. RSV is a common, seasonal virus that typically occurs between November and March in the United States and is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies in their first year of life. Nearly all babies in the US will contract RSV in their first two years of life, however the severity of symptoms will vary. Approximately 125,000 infant hospitalizations and 200 infant deaths occur each year in the US due to RSV.
Please read the info sheet below to find out more about RSV, the symptoms, and what you can do:
Our oldest had RSV at Christmastime when she was only a year old! I had never seen her become so sick so quickly. We ended up rushing down to the children’s hospital in Atlanta where she was diagnosed and we received help for her symptoms. It was a scary experience! Friends of ours also had a little one year old contract RSV and end up in the hospital for a week. It’s not something mess around with if you think they might have the virus.
To help prevent the spread, remind your children to wash their hands. You can also sanitize belongings regularly to minimize the exposure to germs. And lastly, please visit your child’s doctor to find out if your child is at risk for the virus.
For more information on how you can help protect against RSV, please visit the RSV Protection site.