February 11, 2013
Did you know that "Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common, seasonal virus that affects two-thirds of all infants by age one and almost 100% of babies by age two, because it’s highly contagious. RSV can live on surfaces (doorknobs, countertops, toys, bedding) for several hours and is often spread through touching, hugging and kissing. Daycare increases this risk of RSV spreading as children are constantly sharing toys, tables and high chairs as well as eating and napping in close quarters" ? Although being at day care and preschool exposes your children to contagious germs and viruses, but I think that attending playdates at someone's home poses the same dangers. Last year, I took G man (who was an infant at the time) to a friend's house for a playdate. The person has multiples children in the house and her home is a popular hang out place for moms and kids alike. I did not realized that her son had RSV until after we visited. With her son being sick in bed, she thought it would be safe for all of us to hang out in the living room. The problem was that my little guy picked up some of toys and stuck them in his mouth (he was teething at the time). She did not clean the play room nor the toys before we arrived. Needless to say, my poor little guy became sick. After speaking to other moms, I discovered that their kids got sick as well. That's when we realized that our kids got sick from attending the same playdate.
"Once contracted, there is no treatment for RSV, so working together to prevent the risk of RSV is critical. All parents should take steps to prevent the spread of the virus, including always washing their hands and child’s hands, and asking others to do the same. It’s also important to remember to keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean and avoid crowds and other sick children during RSV season."
I have learned a few things from this experience. You should never hesitate to ask any care giver or homes your children are visiting if their kids have been sick and ask if the toys and rooms have been properly sanitized. If possible, I recommend turning down playdate invitations when you know one or more children have been sick. It is not worth the risk of your child getting sick, there will always be more playdates in the future. If your child becomes ill with RSV, please do not send your child to daycare or school. If your child shows symptoms of severe RSV infection, be sure to take him/her to the doctor's right away.
· 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)
Prevention is the key to keeping your children healthy. To learn more about RSV, please visit RSV Protection website.
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.