Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Protecting Your Newborn from RSV

When each of my four boys was born, I took every precaution I could to be sure that they weren’t exposed to viruses and germs in those crucial first few weeks. Yes, I was longing to show off my beautiful babies, but their well-being was more important to me. I was shocked when a woman from church took her newborn baby boy straight from the hospital to a Mommy and Me class! I could understand her excitement about her lovely baby but not her disregard for his health.

Obviously, this woman was unaware of proper “baby etiquette,” which is defined as anything we do in our efforts to keep our infants healthy and safe. This may include washing your hands before handling a baby, staying away from infants if you’re feeling under the weather, or preventing other children from sticking their faces into the baby stroller. Why the paranoia? Certain illnesses, such as Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), can be extremely dangerous and contagious in the first six months of life. If your baby was born prematurely, the risks are even higher for serious complications or death from RSV because of underdeveloped lungs and compromised immunity. Check out this infographic about the risks of RSV for preemies:

As you can see above, RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization among infants in the United States! Unfortunately, only about 1/3 of moms say they’ve heard of the virus. During “RSV season,” from November through March, children are especially vulnerable to RSV infection. And the worst news: There is no treatment, only prevention.

You are your baby’s greatest protector! Visit www.rsvprotection.com to learn about the symptoms of RSV infection, how to protect your baby, and even how to explain your precautionary steps to loved ones so that you don’t hurt their feelings when they want to give your new baby lots of hugs and kisses. Keep your precious baby close to home and your heart in the first few weeks or even months after his birth. Not only could it save his life, but it will also become a joyous time of bonding between you and your child that you’ll always remember.

DISCLOSURE: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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