It's cold and flue season so today we've been looking at RSV. If you need to catch up, take a...
It's cold and flue season so today we've been looking at RSV. If you need to catch up, take a look at the following posts... Now, just because most babies will get RSV, it doesn't mean you can't fight back. Also remember that most babies will not develop serious RSV. If you and the rest of your family follow healthy habits, you can reduce your baby's chances of being hospitalized with a serious case of RSV. How RSV is spread: People with RSV can be contagious for up to 8 days. The CDC notes that school aged children are the most likely to bring the virus into the home. Once a house is exposed to RSV, typically 50% of household members will develop some form of the virus. RSV is spread both indirectly and directly. For example, indirect contact is if someone sneezes and the droplets fly through the air, or if someone sick touches a doorknob, and your baby later touches it. Direct contact includes things like sharing a drinking glass, kisses (even kissing a baby on the cheek), sharing toothbrushes, and so on. Basic healthy habits to follow include:
  • Hand washing
  • Breastfeed
  • Clean the air in your home
  • Don't share items that are mouth-bound - toothbrushes, bites of food, silverware, and drinking glasses
  • Never smoke around your baby (that means not allowing anyone else to smoke around your baby as well)
  • Clean the surfaces of your home with hot water and soap or a homemade non-toxic cleaner frequently; this includes books and toys
  • If you’re pregnant get a flu shot - immunity will be passed to your baby
  • Cover nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing
  • Stay clear of the doctors office unless absolutely necessary - many sick kids in one place (not good)
*NOTE: The CDC recommends that children at an increased risk for RSV have limited exposure with sick individuals. If you'd like to learn more about how to safely clean the air in your home read: If you have any more questions about RSV leave a comment, and I'll see if I can help you out.

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