With the cold season in full swing, I'm sure we're all doing all we can to keep ourselves warm but more importantly, our kids. Kids are more prone to getting sick so we should make sure to bundle them up and help them to stay healthy during a season that's full of runny noses and coughs. Unfortunately, germs are everywhere & don't go away once the cold goes away. School, Daycare, the local supermarket and even at home – there's no way of escaping coming in contact with those pesky germs! Hopefully kids won't be sent out to school or daycare if they're sick to avoid spreading germs but sometimes kids don't show symptoms until later on in the day so there is a chance that your kids are exposed to other sick children.
Luckily, there are a couple of things that we can do to keep our kids mostly germ free & healthy. The obvious being to make sure that they wash their hands with soap and warm water before or after eating and using the restroom and especially if they come in contact with someone who's been coughing or sneezing. You should also teach your kids not to put their hands or any toys in their mouth or rub their eyes with their hands, especially if they've been outside. Making sure our kids are eating the proper veggies, fruits and being active is a great way to make sure they have a strong immune system to battle any colds that come their way.
Right now, the virus that's going around that I think parents really need to know about is the respiratory syncytial virus – better known as RSV. Like the below infographic mentions, RSV causes cold-like symptoms but it shouldn't be treated as such.
The RSV season typically runs from November through March, so during the winter months parents should be especially careful to watch for signs of RSV. Below are symptoms of severe RSV infection that require immediate medical care:
· 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)
There is no treatment for RSV, so it’s important for parents to take preventive steps to help protect their child (wash hands, toys, bedding frequently; avoid crowds and cigarette smoke).
One of my friends who's a nurse at a pediatric hospital is always stressing the importance of how we should do everything we can to protect our babies and the first step is educating ourselves first so we can be aware of what's out there. To learn more about RSV and what you can do to protect your kids from it, be sure to check out http://www.rsvprotection.com.
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.