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I first became aware of the real dangers of RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus) when my son, Sebby, was born full term with severe respiratory complications in 2008. In the early summer of 2010, my daughter, Quincy, was born eight weeks early due to pre-eclampsia. You can see photos of Quincy’s first days in her NICU photo shoot.
Because both of my children had compromised immune systems, what was like a common cold to so many could have detrimental effects on my kids.
Who knew that a sniffle could have devastating effects?I didn’t.
Luckily, Sebby and Quincy didn’t get RSV, and I’m hoping we can miss it with their little brother, Edison, who just turned 8 months old.
RSV, a common and contagious seasonal virus, occurs annually in epidemics throughout the fall and spring seasons. In healthy, full term babies, RSV can cause mild to moderate cold-like symptoms. However, for infants born at or before 37 weeks, RSV proves a great risk due to their undeveloped lungs and immature immune systems. While contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, RSV poses a serious threat to premature babies. Simple measures, such as reminding friends to use hand sanitizer or to keep their distance when feeling under the weather, help to keep our little ones RSV-free during this high risk season.
So, when you have the sniffles, and you really want to visit your friend’s new baby, think of Quincy and her big brother. No one wants to spend their holidays with their baby in the hospital. Make sure you wash your hands often, cough in your elbow, and ask others to do the same.
World Prematurity Day 2013 is just around the corner, on November 17th. Do your part in supporting preemies like Quincy and help spread RSV Awareness by sharing the info-graphic below.
Learn more about RSV Prevention.