Did You Know (DYK) NICU Facts

Quarterly DYK Facts (#DYK & #MASGNICU)

DYK: RSV Season

1st Quarter 

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)

DYK: Your Cell Phone Is Nasty?!

2nd Quarter

DID YOU KNOW: Your cellphone has the ability to carry more than 7,000 germs/bacteria; in which some could come from the Streptococcus (strep throat) family?  That means your toilet seat is more cleaner than your cellphone! YIKES!  Before visiting the NICU, please disinfect your cell phone. The last thing you want to do is go through 2 minutes of washing your hands, only to add dirt to them and then touch your preemie.  

Below we have 3 simple steps on how to disinfect your cellphone:

1) Remove your cell phone from it case.  (If you have it in a cell phone case.)

2) Use either alcohol wipes and or Clorox disinfecting wipes to clean both your phone and the case.  If you don't have neither, grab a face towel, dab alcohol into it and use it to disinfect your phone.

3) If you are on your way to the NICU, after you have cleaned your phone, place it in your pocket and or purse so it stays disinfected in route to your NICU visit.

Imagine disinfecting your phone and carrying it into the hospital.  A person has a cold, coughs on their hand, and without thought touches the the elevator button.  Later, you come behind them, touch the elevator button as well, and then send a text message or answer a call.  Now their cough is not only on your finger (and now both hands) but all over your phone.  Of course, you enter into the NICU, wash your hands and visit your preemie, but you pull your phone out to take a picture of your baby... 

Should we continue to paint this horrid picture for you?


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