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Were any of your children born prematurely? Monday November 17th is World Prematurity Day so if you are currently pregnant or planning on having more children then you need to make sure you have all the information you need to know to keep your babies healthy.
I was fortunate enough that even though I had 3 of my 5 babies early (all at 37 weeks) they were not classified as premature and they were all born healthy and at good weights.
Many people are not as fortunate however, and as a result their babies have to spend weeks and months in the hospital in order to give them the best chance of becoming healthy and strong.
I am one of those parents who have a hands off policy with my babies–I tell my kids not to touch hands and faces off babies, in fact I just told my 8 year old that she could only touch her newborn cousin’s sock covered foot! And no, I’m not just being overprotective.
Having had fall and winter babies, I am aware that one illness all parents need to be aware of is RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). RSV tends to strike most often from November through March. RSV can affect any child, even those that were not premature, and it doesn’t just affect newborns. Studies show that RSV infects most children at least once before the age of 2, but thankfully, most do not require hospitalization. Some however, do and it isn’t just babies. My friends’ son was hospitalized with RSV when he was 9 months old…so beyond the age of what parents typically think of being affected with RSV.
RSV is highly contagious and is spread through water droplets such as sneezing and coughing and can live on hard surfaces so it is important to remember to wash your hands often and to sanitize surfaces in your home with disinfecting spray. In most cases it presents as just a similar cold but make sure to call your doctor if your child has any of the following symptoms:
- high fever with ill appearance
- thick nasal discharge
- worsening cough or cough that produces yellow, green, or gray mucus
- signs of dehydration
- trouble breathing