The bond between a mother and her baby begins well before the new bundle of joy is born.

It honestly starts the moment a woman learns that she’s pregnant. Her love for her child grows stronger as the days go by, as she feels her child inside her growing and kicking. It’s an amazing feeling!

As a mom myself I can still remember the many emotions I felt throughout my pregnancies. And how I couldn’t wait to lay eyes on my new babies. Oh my… I was overcome with love, happiness, and peace seeing my little baby gaze back into my eyes. Oh, I was hooked for life!

I can’t imagine how horrible it would feel to lose that precious gift (my new baby) to such a horrible silent killer called RSV. At no time during a pregnancy do you really stop and think about what could happen after birth because your focus is on getting through a healthy pregnancy.

You try to eat right, get some exercise, visit your doctor (at every scheduled appointment), go for tests, avoid certain medications and foods, and any other step to ensure your baby is healthy.

But the thing is… this potentially life-threatening invisible virus is out there, lurking and waiting. So it’s best to be well informed way before baby is born.

RSV is a very common virus called Respiratory Syncytial Virus that can lead to serious illness, especially in infants. It effects the respiratory tract, usually in children under age 2. Young infants are very susceptible to infection in the early weeks of life because they have underdeveloped lungs and immature immune systems.

The RSV virus can live on surfaces such as countertops, bedding, door knobs and toys for several hours and is often spread through the act of touching, hugging and kissing.

Because this is spread so easily, nearly 100% of children contract RSV by their second birthday. Most older children may only show mild symptoms similar to the common cold or flu so many parents may not even realize their child is infected. It can be very severe in young infants — especially preemies and children with certain lung and heart diseases — causing serious respiratory infection.

That’s why it is SO important to take certain precautions if you are planning to spend time with or around a newborn or infant. For new parents, it’s completely normal to be concerned about your child’s health and safety in those early months. And if you don’t feel comfortable having guests around too soon, there’s nothing wrong with that.

If you plan to visit the home of new parents, remember, babies are susceptible to germs and physical contact can be very risky. If you feel the slightest bit sick, wait a few days or even a week before stopping by. Not only will the new parents respect your consideration, but it will save the new child from what could possibly be a life threatening illness!

Here are some tips to remember when a loved one has a new addition to their family:

  • Call ahead to be sure the new family is up for visitors
  • Give the new parents time to bond with their baby before making an appearance
  • ALWAYS wash your hands before coming into contact with the new baby (and throughout your visit)
  • Offer to help with household chores (tidying up the home, running errands, babysitting the new baby’s sibling(s)

Something else that’s a good idea — leaving your toddlers or young children at home. Although they may be just as excited as you are to see the new baby, young children carry germs and RSV can be easily spread.

Here’s some important facts about the RSV virus that you may not know:

~ Serious RSV infection is the leading cause of infant hospitalization, responsible for more than 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 500 infant deaths each year.

~ Almost every baby will contract RSV by age 2, but only 1/3 of moms say they’ve heard of the virus.

~ RSV occurs in epidemics each fall through spring. The CDC has defined “RSV season” as beginning in November and lasting through March for most parts of North America.

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Unfortunately there is no treatment for RSV and that is why it is SO important to inform yourself and even your children about the dangers, and take these preventative steps to protect young babies by frequent hand washing, disinfecting toys and bedding often, avoiding crowds in the first few months, and not permitting cigarette smoking near the new baby.

It’s also a good idea to talk with your child’s pediatrician to determine if your child is at higher risk of developing this awful condition too. Plus, discuss important preventive measures that you and your guests can take.

Now that you know how to help keep baby safe, lets take a look at the symptoms you should watch for:

  • Persistent cough or wheezing that does not stop
  • Rapid, difficult or gasping breaths (caved in chest when trying to breathe)
  • Bluish color on the lips, mouth or under the fingernails
  • High fever (especially if over 100.4 degrees F)
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Difficulty feeding

If you notice any of these signs, contact a medical professional immediately because the sooner it is discovered, the better your child’s chances are of having a quicker and healthier recovery.

For more information on RSV, visit and follow #RSVProtection on Twitter.

~ 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. ~

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