& # 39; This is the season for the common cold, and for premature babies and babies, this season is a very worrying season. You may have heard of the recent trend of social media messages known as, "Don & # 39; t Kiss My Baby". Have you ever wondered what the problem is, and why is this campaign so popular? Maybe you think parents who post about this are too careful, and only germaphobia.
This post will explain why the message "Don & # 39; t Kiss My Baby" has gotten so much appeal, and why it is, in fact, a public concern.
What is RSV?
RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. This is a common virus in infancy and early childhood. At the age of 2-3 years, most children will become infected at some point.
RSV infections tend to appear from Fall to Spring in temperate climates, such as Canada. For many children, RSV is a common winter disease, similar to the common cold. However, for premature babies and children under 2 years, RSV can cause infection in the lungs, which leads to hospitalization of children. Can cause pneumonia and in the most severe cases can cause bronchiolitis in the first year of life.
What are the symptoms and consequences of RSV?
The symptoms may first appear in infants as follows:
- Runny nose
- Other cold-like symptoms
RSV is a highly contagious virus. If your baby shows these signs, consult your pediatrician. In adults, symptoms are commonly passed as ordinary flu.
Practical Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Baby This Season
It's easy to catch RSV, which places premature babies and children under 2 years at greater risk. To reduce the risk of spreading RSV to vulnerable infants, consider these practical tips:
- Wash or clean hands regularly: RSV is a common virus that spreads through physical contact, such as touching the skin, kissing or shaking hands with an infected person. Don't kiss the baby, just hold or hug.
- Shut your mouth when sneezing: RSV can spread through the air if an infected person coughs or sneezes, causing the disease to become airborne
- Clean the appropriate surface if someone is infected: RSV can live for hours on the table, door knobs, and other surfaces that are often touched by the hand.
- If you have a cold or fever, stay away from children under 1 year of age: Because premature and very young children are in danger of hospitalization and very dangerous diseases. Be careful and do not expose the disease to vulnerable babies.