Raising RSV Awareness
I’m extremely blessed that W was only born a week early. My mom was not as lucky as I was born 8 weeks premature and my sister was born 4 weeks premature. It made me wonder if I would also deliver early. Prematurity and threats like RSV are dear to my heart because I watched my sister struggle with her health from just a few days old. Raising RSV awareness is important because it is a huge threat to premature babies.
Threat of Prematurity
Many parents don’t know that prematurity is the leading cause of neonatal death. A recent survey showed that 75% of parents didn’t know that prematurity refers to babies born at or before 37 weeks gestational age. These babies are at risk for serious medical complications including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Almost all children have contracted RSV by the time they are two but it poses a greater threat to babies born prematurely.
Did you know?
- RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization in infants.
- Each year, severe RSV disease causes up to 10 times as many infant deaths as the flu.
- It is most prevalent during the winter months. In North America, November through March is the window of most threat.
- Common risk factors include preterm birth, low birth weight, certain lung or heart diseases, a family history of asthma, and frequent contact with other children.
Preventing the Spread of RSV
RSV is highly contagious but there are some simple things we can all do to help prevent the spread.
- Wash hands, toys, bedding, and in areas where children play extremely often.
- Encourage all family members and visitors to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid large crowds of people. Avoid people who have been sick or are currently ill.
- Do not allow anyone to smoke around your child.
- If your child is at higher risk, talk to your doctor about possible preventative treatment.
To learn more about RSV, visit rsvprotection.com. Every little bit we can do to help keep kids healthy during the winter months is so important. Especially to those at greater risk due to prematurity. Help protect the preemies!
Do you know someone who had a preterm birth or was premature? Did they struggle with health issues?
Formula Mom Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.