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As parents nothing is more scarier than when your little baby is sick. You feel hopeless. Trust me I know! Baby Lee is almost 3 months and I have already had that scare. It was tough…kept me up all night. I knew how fragile his lungs were, but didn’t know how to protect his lungs from this season’s biggest threat? In order to keep him safe and warm this season, I felt it was important for me to know the facts about RSV and help protect his little lungs.
Did you know that National RSV Awareness Month takes place every October? It is a great time to educate yourself and other parents about the signs and symptoms of RSV disease as well as prevention measures you can take.
What is RSV?
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.
For me…it just happened over night. Baby Lee woke up for his middle of the night feeding and I noticed real quick that he was struggling to breath. I did everything I could think of to do, but he still wasn’t sounding right. This was at 4am..needless to say I was up for the day. I held him the rest of the night, so I can listen to him closely and monitor him. My husband and I got the kids on the bus and headed in to the clinic. The clinic is a 30 minute drive. On the way there I called and explained I am bringing him in one way or the other. Either his doctor get us in or I am taking him in to the walk in clinic. I was not happy with how he sounded and knew he needed to be seen. Luckily (and scarier at the same time) his doctor thought the same and got us in right in. My baby boy was two months old and already got his first xray, breathing treatment, and some scary lab work.
Once all was said and done it had become a waiting game. I knew his doctor feared that it may be RSV too. So the only thing I knew I could do was researched. I knew knowledge was power and that was the best way I could get prepared for the worst. I found RSVProtection.com that was full of useful information! I strongly encourage any parent/caretaker of a little one this winter to do a little research on RSV. There are many great ways that you can help protect your little one from RSV on this site.
By the end of the day we got the call that Baby Lee did not have RSV. All he needed was a couple more breathing treatments and his nose suctioned out (Not fun by the way!) a few times and he was back to his normal self. But let me tell you that was a scary 24 hours because there wasn’t a whole lot I could do to help him. I felt helpless, but honestly I felt a little less helpless when I spent some time on that site.
Visit http://bit.ly/2bvRxSm to learn more about RSV disease and how to help keep your child healthy this RSV season!