How To Protect Your Child During RSV Season #RSVProtection

When I had my oldest, Carleigh, I pretty much stayed home for the first six weeks. I was too nervous to take her anywhere, tired of course, and just a nervous mom overall.

That of course changed having a second and third child. After our one year old was born, we were at the store just a day or two later, and I was have been taking her to the gym child watch since she was just a few months old.

I have overcome most of my fears that comes along with being a first time parent, but no matter if you have one child or eight, RSV can become a horrible experience for any child and their parent.

What is RSV?

RSV or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus is a contagious viral disease that may infect a person’s lungs and breathing passages. It’s actually a very common seasonal virus that affects two-thirds of all infants by age one and almost 100% of babies by age two, because it’s highly contagious.

RSV can live on surfaces (doorknobs, counter-tops, toys, bedding) for several hours and is often spread through touching, hugging and kissing. Daycares and play areas (like malls & gyms) increase the risk of RSV spreading, since children are constantly sharing toys, tables and high chairs as well as eating and napping in close quarters.

In most cases RSV cause mild to moderate cold-like symptoms, but sadly some babies can get serious respiratory infections. Those most at risk for severe RSV include premature infants, as their lungs aren’t fully developed and they have fewer infection-fighting antibodies than full-term babies.

The RSV season typically runs from November through March, so during the winter months parents should be especially careful to watch for signs of RSV.

Here are symptoms of severe RSV infection that require immediate medical care:

• Coughing or wheezing that does not stop
• Fast or troubled breathing
• Spread-out nostrils and/or a caved-in chest when trying to breathe
• Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
• Fever (especially if it is over 100.4°F in infants under 3 months of age)

If your child has milder symptoms of RSV, the virus will likely run its course without any cause for alarm. However, it’s important to remember that even a mild case of RSV can be spread to other children, some of whom may be at high-risk for developing a serious infection from the virus. For this reason, it’s always best to keep a sick child home when possible, to prevent the spread of germs and viruses.

Once contracted, there is no treatment for RSV, so working together to prevent the risk of RSV is critical.

Make sure you take the right steps to prevent the spread of the virus. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, before touching food, after sneezing or blowing your nose, and before and after playtime. It’s also important to remember to keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean and avoid crowds and other sick children during RSV season.

RSV Infographic

If you think your child may be at high-risk for RSV, make sure you speak with a doctor about prevention. Visit and follow #RSVProtection on Twitter for more information.

Has your child ever experienced RSV or do you know someone who has?

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.

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About the Author

In 2010, Hanan went from talking about her parenting ups & downs on private forums to discussing them with literally everyone on the internet with her blog Eat.Craft.Parent - since then, she’s had the opportunity to talk about parenting, cooking, photography, marriage, crafts, faith, and so much more. She also shares her opinions on everyday products from food to baby gear, and everything in between. With four little girls all under seven, there is never a dull moment in their home. When she’s not blogging she’s chatting about parenting and life in general on Facebook and Twitter, or wasting way too much time on Pinterest.

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  1. Melissa says:

    So glad for awareness of this! My son hasn’t had it but I have friends whose kids have been hospitalized for it and it’s so scary!
    Melissa recent post: Recipe: Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

  2. We’ve gone through RSV and it’s awful. Thanks for the tips!
    FiddleDeeAshley recent post: Runnerbox Review

  3. I remember always being worried about RSV when my two were little. It’s great that you are bringing awareness to this.
    Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired recent post: Captain Underpants & The Revolting Revenge Of The Robo-Boxers Review

  4. Christa says:

    We were so fortunate that Mason only had a mild case of RSV when he was first born! I was terrified that he would have to be hospitalized!

  5. Kristin Barclay says:

    I wasn’t familiar with RSV until my son experienced it, I’m glad to see an increase in awareness. Its important to get the word out there.
    Kristin Barclay recent post: Enjoy Thoughtful Perks at the W Scottsdale

  6. It is an extremely scary situation, so having this chart is so helpful for parents!
    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell recent post: A Blogging Bestie #MeetYours

  7. My little guy was a preemie and my oldest daughter has an airway disease which causes us to kind of shut ourselves in during these cold months. Thanks for the info.
    Megan @mnmspecial recent post: Simply Snackin Jerky Review

  8. I had no idea that almost 100% of babies get this by the age of 2. Wow. Thanks for the tips.
    Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving recent post: Sins of a Crunchy Mother

  9. Leilani says:

    I’m so glad I participated in this campaign because I had no clue about RSV before this. Now at least I’ll be informed with this new baby coming.
    Leilani recent post: A Boy or Girl?

  10. SO scary. Thank you for the facts – they’ll come in handy one day!
    Becca – Our Crazy Boys recent post: A Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower

  11. Katy L says:

    Makyla had it when she was 8ish mo old and in sure Xander has had it already, but we didn’t end up in the ER with him! Winter is rough!!

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