Babies are so delicate. They need due care and attention to grow well without any problem. Premature infants who are born under 36 weeks are more delicate and they need more care than others. The age of infants under 6 months age is more vulnerable and due care and protection is need for them to survive. During the winter season you need to pay more care and attention to your infant who is premature especially because it also the ‘RSV Season’
What is RSV?
RSV or ‘Respiratory Syncytial Virus’ is common especially during the winter season. RSV makes infants ill and it has become the leading cause for infant hospitalization. Babies under 2 years old are in more risk of getting sick with this virus. However premature babies are in danger as their underdeveloped lungs are not so strong to fight with RSV.
What you can do to protect your infants Against Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Know the symptoms
As parents you can help prevent this RSV and protect babies from it. First know the symptoms of RSV such as common cold, persistent coughing or wheezing. Babies will show the signs of gasping breaths. If you notice these symptoms, seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Take preventive actions
RSV is spreadable easily through activities such as touching, sneezing and coughing. You can help preventing RSV by washing their hands properly. Keep the toys, clothes and other such items clean always and keep your infants and babies away from crowds especially during the RSV season.
Take the Next Steps
Take one more step further to help prevent this RSV by helping for an investigational drug. Join with other parents with high risk infants, who are supporting a nationwide clinical study to research on a drug to prevent serious lung infection which is caused by RSV.
Available only during the RSV season this study is named as NURSERY Pre-Term. If your infant is preterm and under 6 months, he or she is at high risk of RSV. Check HealthyPreemies.com and see more details on how you can join with the community to help protect babies from RSV.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog which she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences.She is a Contracts Engineer by profession and recently launched her own Engineering consultancy service Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)