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Learn All About RSV - #RSVAM


It's October and officially National RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) Awareness Month. If you're a mother of a newborn or a child under the age of two, you may have heard about this very common and highly contagious, seasonal virus that affects nearly 100% of infants by the age of two, that is mostly common through the fall thru spring months.


In November 2000, I was rolled into surgery and delivered a bouncing baby boy at almost 37 weeks. We were in the hospital for about 3 days when I noticed that he wasn't breathing properly and had almost cold like symptoms. Since it was November, I just thought it was just a cold, but after a visit from his doctor, we found out that he had RSV. He was placed in ICU and spent almost two extra weeks in the hospital while I went home. I visited daily but had to be in protective gear, before I could get near him, or even touch him. You can't even begin to realize my anguish. How did he get RSV to begin with? Was it from one of my visitors? When I was finally able to take him home, I became a very overprotective mother who had a new set of rules before you were even allowed near my new baby. Kyle is now 16, but his stint with RSV didn't end without consequence. He was diagnosed with asthma and was prescribed a nebulizer to help with his breathing. Since then I have always educated others about RSV, and today I want to share with you what to look out for and how you can protect your little ones.


What are the signs and symptoms of RSV?
RSV presents symptoms that may be similar to the common cold or flu, and for healthy children they may recover within a week or two, however for those that are at a higher risk, such as babies born prematurely, it can develop into a much more serious lung infection.

What should you look out for? 
As a parent you should look out for symptoms such as:

  • coughing or wheezing that does not stop
  • fast or troubled breathing
  • gasping for breath
  • a bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
  • unusual lethargy or tiredness
  • fever (especially if it is greater than 100.4 degrees F [rectal] in infants under 3 months of age)

RSV is normally spread through sneezing and coughing but you can also get RSV if you touch surfaces that has RSV on it, then touch your eyes, mouth and nose.

How can you help prevent RSV? 

Wash your hands
Wash your hands often, preferably with soap AND water, and encourage those around to do the same before touching your baby or young child, to protect you from germs. Also help younger children who may not be able to do it correctly. If soap and water is not readily available, keep an alcohol based hand sanitizer on hand.

Cover your sneeze and cough
Be sure to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. If using a tissue be sure to throw it in the trash once done. If you don't have a tissue handy, use the inside of your sleeve and never use your hands.

Clean and disinfect 
Clean and disinfect surfaces that is frequently touched by others such as doorknobs. Sanitize your children's toys, clothing and blankets to keep germs at bay.

Avoid contact with the sick and large crowds
Avoiding those who are sick and large crowds is a great start to prevention. Since you don't know who may be sick in a crowd, it's just best to stay away.

Talk to your pediatrician
You are your child's best advocate, if you think your child may be at risk, or if you're unsure, it's always best to talk to your pediatrician who may be able to tell you if your child is at high risk for RSV.


Since there are currently no treatment options available for RSV, learning the signs and symptoms and how you can take preventative measures is very important. If you are concerned that your child may be at risk for RSV, talk to your pediatrician.

Annmarie John
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  1. RSV is a scary thing. It's terrible to see the little ones so sick. Thanks for raising awareness.

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  2. Thanks for the loads of information you provided in this post and thank you for raising awareness. As parents, we must be very observant with any unusual signs that may point to RSV infection. Thanks for listing down those signs. I will share this with a friend who just gave birth to a preemie.

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  3. I had to be really careful about this when my daughter was a little girl. She was born with a congenital heart defect, and we had to make sure she stayed as healthy as possible to avoid any complications.

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  4. I have a 20 month old and a 2 month old, every time she gets a runny nose or a cough this is the first thought that I have. Thanks for the information, I have seen far too many sweet babies come down with this.

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  5. My oldest suffered from this too when she was younger. So I also recently shared her experience hoping to help and educate about RSV, because it is definitely a scary disease that does need awareness brought to it. So couldn’t agree with you more.

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  6. We have been lucky so far and neither of our kids have has RSV. I remember being so scared of it with my daughter that every little thing made me nervous. My youngest is 1 now and still haven't had it. My good friend's daughter did recently though and it was frightening.

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  7. I didn't realize the likelihood of getting RSV was so high. I don't think my son has had it, but I will beware if my daughter gets any of these symptoms!

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  8. This sounds so scary! I never heard about RSV until a couple of years ago when it seemed like several friends' babies had RSV.

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  9. RSV is so scary! I couldn't imagine ever having my own baby diagnosed with it. A close friend of mine's baby had it, and she was worried the entire time.

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  10. This is a scary thing. Thank you for blogging about it and raising awareness. I am glad your son is happy and healthy now.

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  11. My middle child was born at 35 weeks and was diagnosed with RSV when she was about 7 months old. I still remember how scary the entire experience was! It's nice to see such helpful resources available now.

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  12. I am lucky my kids have never had RSV even though my son used to have regular coughing spells during the Winter when he was younger. I will relay this information to my family with small kids.

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  13. RSV is such a scary illness, especially when it impacts newborn babies. Your post offers lots of great information that would help any parent know more about it. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  14. How scary that your son went through this! RSV is such a dangerous illness.

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  15. This is a really good primer. Keeping your eyes open for the symptoms and taking precautions is definitely a good idea.

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  16. Such helpful info about RSV. My oldest was born in the winter so I remember all the warnings about this!

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  17. I'm glad you're raising awareness on this! I didn't know about RSV or the risk it brings to babies. I think it's really important to make sure everything is clean and disinfected.

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  18. My daughter had RSV when she was 9 months old. She was so sick, she almost died. It was so scary.

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  19. That is so scary! I am getting ready to have a baby, and this will definitely be at the back of my mind now. It is so important to spread awareness about illnesses like this. What an scary experience!

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  20. I have two kids and I feel fortunate that they didn't have RSV. I wish I knew all about it when they were little. It's clear that we need more knowledge and awareness about this one.

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  21. This is quite alarming and I am glad that you're doing your best to raise awareness about RSV. I have no idea what it's about until I read this post. It's really helpful and informative. I hope a lot of parents would have the chance to read it.

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  22. This is such an important post. My daughter had this when she was younger and I remember it being super scary, especially when a baby cannot breath !

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  23. To some people this will be a miracle! You are really going to change lives with this information.

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  24. Thanks for the information you shared. I did not know that preemies were more at risk to be infected with RSV. Maybe because their lungs did not fully develop in utero? Whatever it is, we must be vigilant in noticing the signs.

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  25. I was a little over-protective with visitors when they kids were super little. Oh my goodness to your pictures!!! What a little cutie pie baby he was, for sure!!!

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  26. RSV is such a scary and real thing. My oldest was born during the winter, which was prime RSV season where we lived. I remember learning all about it and watching out for it with him.

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  27. Not everyone is aware of RSV, I hope this spreads to everyone to protect our babies!

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  28. I am so sorry to hear what you and your son had endured and I really had no idea about RSV so thank you for educating me. I hope your post can help others diagnose their children in time x

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  29. aww - this is so sad. I have never heard of this. I have three kiddos and none of mine ever had this. The anguish you must have felt right after having a baby. Thanks for the information

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  30. This is such a good thing to share! RSV is scary! I'm glad people have so many resources for information these days!!

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  31. My now 15-year-old had RSV when she was only nine months old. It was one of the scariest times. We spent a week in the hospital while she recovered. Scary how quickly little ones can get sick and how serious it is.

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  32. I wonder why that percentage is so high? So many parents are extremely clean around there babies.

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  33. My youngest had rsv and it resulted in a number of er visits over the next couple of years. She just couldn't fully recover. It is so tough.

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  34. So scary. Scarlet had RSV too but she was six months at the time. It was awful, though.
    I feel for everyone going through it. I'm glad people are talking about it.

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  35. Seeing what my friends went through with their babies who had RSV, I cannot even imagine! Some of those babies still stuffer later n.

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  36. This is so important and scary. But knowledge is power and every parent should know and not just avoid it in risks of it never happening to them.

    www.therookiewife.com

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  37. I have no idea ... I have a little one due to arrive in 5 weeks (or less). I totally need to learn more about RSV and share this to hubby. Thank you for this.

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  38. All parents of young children need to be aware of RSV. It is always scary when your children are sick and you have no idea what it could be.

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  39. This is why i always wonder why parents take the very small babies out in public before they've had their first shots. The world is full of germ, and while kids need to be exposed to those germs, babies are especially vulnerable.

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  40. This is definitely so important to raise awareness about. RSV is no joke and the more people aware the better chance the kiddos have.

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  41. My second baby was a winter baby who also had a 2.5 year old brother at the time in daycare. RSV was constantly on my mind. Thank goodness she never got it but I had 2 friends whose children had it and it was so scary!

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  42. RSV is such a scary thing. It's definitely important to learn as much about as you can.

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  43. I am glad that you pointed this out. I have never heard of RSV before, and while I don't have young kids, I will forward this to friends who do. Blessings!

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  44. My son had RSV when he was six months old and it was really scary. I remember how sick he was and how much I was worried.

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  45. RSV is so scary for infants and a horrible thing for parents to experience. Your poor little guy! I'm sure many parents don't know the longterm and lasting effects of RSV, thank you for sharing your experience to help bring awareness to this very important topic.

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