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The arrival of baby is ways a great joy! Moms to be are 9 months busy caring for their baby, eating healthy, tKing vitamins and visiting doctors on a regular basis to monitor a is on the right path.
We read on what to a our and also what to expect. We prepare for do many things!
Now there is something very important we need to talk about and that is
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common seasonal virus that most children will have contracted by the age of two. Normally the result of contracting this virus is having mild or moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies. The issue is when preterm infants, or babies with deficient inmune systems get infected. The results can be quite severe and include hopitalization
RSV is highly contagious, and once contracted there is no treatment for it. So, it is very important to be aware of how we can prevent it. While this message is for all parents, we specially want to alert the Hispanic community on this as research shows that ttwo-thirds of Hispanic mothers have never heard of RSV, and one in five Hispanic moms only .
Here is a great graphic to learn more about RSV
Prevention is key, so please consider these ideas:
- Continously wash your hands and ask others to do so as well, specially when handling the baby
- Keep toys, clothes, blanket and sheets clean
- Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season
- Never lett anyone smoke around your baby
- Steer clear of people who are sick or who have recently been sick
In addition to prevention, know the symptons of severe RSV. If your child exhibits one or more of the following, do contact your pedriatitian immediately:
• 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]
For more information about RSV and prevention, visit www.RSVprotection.com, and discuss all your questions with your doctor. Don't be shy about it, remember you are paying for a service, and you are protecting your child.
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