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Do You Know What You’re Up Against With RSV Disease? #RSV

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At Risk for RSV disease

As a mother and grandmother I like to keep abreast with the latest information regarding the health of my children (although grown) and grandchildren.

Did you know RSV like the FLU is a seasonal disease; check the map, find out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, when RSV season started and ended in 2010 – 2011 in your area.

what is RSV disease

Most people recover from RSV disease in a week or two, however premature infants or those with pun or heart problems; severe RSV disease can lead to serious lung infection and hospitalization.

RSV is present year around but typically goes with in the fall, then peaks in the winter and declining in early spring. But the exact timing of RSV season varies by geographical location.

RSV disease affects the lungs

Babies born early have lungs that are smaller and less developed at birth that those of full term babies. Premature birth interrupts the last stages of normal lung development. For Babies born early, RSV could lead to serious lung infections, like pneumonia or bronchitis (swelling of the slower airways).

A preemie lung volume is only about half of the slung volume seen in full term infants.

A preemie’s airways are smaller and narrower that a full term baby’s airways.

Even as your premature infant starts to look healthy and strong, babies born early are at high risk for severe RSV disease, in part due to underdeveloped lungs.

The Symptoms of RSV Disease:

It’s important to ask your child’s healthcare provider about RSV symptoms, especially during the first months at home.

Your child should start to show symptoms in 4 to 6 days after being infected.

Coughing or wheezing that does not stop.

Fast or troubled breathing.

A bluish color around the mouth or fingernails.

Gasping for breath.

A fever (especially if it is greater that 100.4° in infants under 3 months of age).

Spread-out nostrils and or a caved-in chest when trying to breathe.

Possible Effects of Severe RSV Disease:

Severe RSV disease is the number one reason babies less than 12 months old in the US are admitted to the hospital.

RSV is a widespread virus that affects almost every infant by the time he or she turns the age of 2. It can infect the lungs of your premature infant and in can lead to hospitalization.

Premature infants are 2 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital for RSV related symptoms. At which point they are more likely to be hospitalized 2 times longer than a full term baby.

RSV prevention methods

Follow the steps show above to help prevent RSV disease. Make sure you talk with your healthcare provider about RSV and follow-up with well baby checkups.

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You’ll find more information about RSV Protection here.

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