What Your Daughter-in-Law Wants To Tell You, But Probably Won’t…

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Do you know someone who recently had a baby?  It’s an exciting time and everyone wants to see the new baby.  But sometimes it’s a health danger to the little one.  All new babies are very susceptible to infection in the early weeks, but especially those born early.  Premature babies’ lungs and immune systems aren’t ready for the onslaught of germs in the outside world.  If you’re put-putting that, listen to these statistics! 125,000 babies are hospitalized every year for RSV and up to 500 babies a year… die from it.  500… babies… a… year… die… from… it.

Have you heard of RSV?  It’s new to me!  RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus.  It is extremely common and spreads quickly and easily.  Because it can live on surfaces, almost every child contracts RSV by their second birthday.  For most, it runs its course with mild symptoms – like the cold or flu.  But for young babies, it’s a different, and sad story.  RSV can develop into a very serious respiratory infection.

Tips for Visiting a New Baby

1.  If the parents put off letting you visit for a time, please understand that they are not trying to offend you.  They are being responsible new parents and protecting their child.  Respect their wishes.  How would you feel if the baby did get sick?

2.  When it is safe to visit, call before you go.  Their lives have just been turned upside down and they aren’t getting a whole lot of sleep.  Naptimes are important – even for Mom and Dad!

3.  If you are feeling a bit ill yourself, stay home!  That baby can’t defend against germs that might just mean sniffles for you.  For a baby, it could be much worse.  If you have little ones of your own, consider leaving them at home.  They can carry germs they’ve been exposed to at school.

4.  Offer to help in other ways besides visiting.  Perhaps you could cut their grass or do their grocery shopping.

 5.  When you do meet the baby, wash your hands first, and frequently.

For new moms, don’t be afraid to ask people to wait to see your baby.  It’s important.  It matters.  There is no treatment for RSV, so it’s even more important to take preventative steps like washing your hands, toys, and bedding frequently.  Avoid crowds and cigarette smoke.  Talk to your pediatrician and find out if your baby is at high risk and what you can do about it.  Symptoms include:  persistent coughing or wheezing; rapid, difficult or gasping breaths; blue lips, mouth or nail beds; high fever; extreme fatigue; or difficulty feeding.  If you see these signs in your child, contact a medical professional immediately.

To learn more about RSV, visit www.rsvprotection.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated,  I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and received promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

photo by: sean dreilinger
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