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DYK: RSV Season


DID YOU KNOW: RSV Season is from November until the end of April in the following year?  The basic definition of RSV is: Respiratory syntactical virus (RSV) is a very common virus that leads to mild, cold-like symptoms in adults and older healthy children. It can be more serious in young babies, especially those in certain high-risk groups.  

We have 3 easy-basic steps you can take to help avoid going back into the NICU due to RSV: 

  1. NO KISSING. Don't be afraid to kindly set the tone to others for visiting and entertaining your baby. (Not even on the hands, due to babies randomly placing their hands in their mouths.)
  2. USE WIPES. Keep your baby's hands/feet clean by using baby wipes to clean their hands; especially after someone touches him/her.
  3. ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS. As a parent, keep your own hands clean.  Any and every bacteria you contract, can easily be passed to your baby.

Not only is RSV common but it can also be deadly.  If you notice the following symptoms, please contact your pediatrician as soon as possible: 

  • Great difficulty or fast breathing.
  • Excessive wheezing.
  • Gray or blue skin color.
  • High fever.
  • Thick nasal discharge that is yellow, green, or gray.
  • Worsening cough.
  • Extreme tiredness (especially during times they are normally active)

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