*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with MedImmune and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
This past week, both of my boys were sick at the same time. My younger son suffers from asthma and allergies and often gets bronchitis during the winter months. On the other hand, my older son’s asthma is moderate but he managed to pick up a bug at school and got sick with a throat infection. As a mother, it is extremely frustrating to know that my sons are not feeling well and to not be able to make them feel better right away. It was all I could do to stifle tears as the doctor described to me how sick they were.
One of the best ways to protect our children is to educate ourselves on the dangers that exist that could potentially pose a threat to their health. By arming ourselves with knowledge, we can make sure that we take every possible precaution to keep them from getting sick. Unfortunately, Hispanic babies have an increased risk of developing severe seasonal illness. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common, seasonal virus contracted by nearly 100 percent of babies by their second birthday.
This virus affected our own family when my oldest son was 6 months old. He contracted what I thought to just be a cold which eventually progressed into his having difficulty breathing and we had to take him to the emergency room. The diagnosis that we were given was RSV and the doctor explained to us that our son had a respiratory infection. We had no idea how common RSV was and we were certainly unaware of the dangers that it posed to our baby.
It’s important that all parents understand the ABCs of RSV in order to keep their family healthy during RSV season:
A is for AWARENESS-
- RSV occurs typically from November to March.
- It is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies within their first year of life in the United States.
B is for BABIES-
- Premature babies are more at risk of developing severe RSV disease.
- Currently one in eight Hispanic babies is born premature.
C is for Contagious-
- RSV is contagious and can be spread through touching, sneezing and coughing.
- Symptoms of RSV are persistent coughing or wheezing, bluish color around mouth or fingernails, rapid or difficult breathing and high fever.
Prevention is key when it comes to RSV because there is no treatment for it. Make sure you wash your hands frequently around your child and ask others to do so too. Also, make sure that toys, clothes and blankets are kept clean at all times. Do not allow anyone to smoke around your baby and stay away from sick people whenever possible.
For more information about RSV prevention visit https://www.rsvprotection.com. By educating yourself and maintaining an open dialogue with your pediatrician, you will be proactive in keeping your family healthy during RSV season.
Let’s Discuss: How do you educate yourself about ways to protect your family’s health?
Disclosure: I participated in this compensated campaign on behalf of MedImmune and Latina Bloggers Connect. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating and to facilitate this review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”