Being a mother of three and having just recently given birth to my surro-baby, I know all about the fears of being a new mommy. Whether it’s your first time or your third time, there is always some self-doubt and fear.
I was always very blessed to have the opportunity to stay at home with my children. While they didn’t have to go to daycare, that didn’t mean we stayed sequestered inside the house . They had doctor appointments, I had to take them to the store to get groceries, we went to church…just because they weren’t under the care of someone else didn’t mean the risk of flu or RSV were any less in my opinion.
Thankfully, my children never got RSV and so far, they’ve never had the flu. I’m pretty diligent in making sure we take precautions to help keep us all healthy. Here are some tips that we’ve done that have helped keep us from the flu and RSV.
- Wash your hands. I know many people wash their hands, but I see so many people leaving bathrooms without washing their hands properly. Just washing with water doesn’t do anything. Wash your hands with soap for about 20 seconds. Remember to wash both the top and palms of your hands.
- Always carry hand sanitizer. There are some instances when washing your hands with soap and water is not possible. In these circumstances, hand sanitizer comes in handy.
- Keep your children away from others who are coughing or sneezing. Although it may not be anything serious, it’s best to keep your children away from others who may be coughing or sneezing. Even if it’s just the common cold, it is better to be safe than sorry.
- Keep clean. It’s super important to keep the items that your child comes in to contact with on a daily basis clean. Wash bedding, toys and other objects regularly in warm water and soap.
I know these seem like obvious tips, but I think sometimes we get so busy and overwhelmed that we cut corners. RSV is very serious and infants are very susceptible in the early weeks of their life. RSV can live on surfaces for several hours and is often spread by touching. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:
- Coughing or wheezing that does not stop
- Fast or troubled breathing
- Spread-out nostrils and/or a caved-in chest when trying to breathe
- Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
- Fever (especially if it is over 100.4°F in infants under 3 months of age)
If your child already has RSV, there is no treatment, so prevention is key! Take the appropriate steps to keep your children safe. It’s totally worth it. For more about RSV, please check out RSVProtection.com.