the biggest threats to new babies is a very common virus called respiratory
syncytial virus, or RSV. This virus is of special concern because it’s
extremely common and spreads very easily. RSV can live on surfaces (e.g., doorknobs,
countertops, toys, bedding) for several hours and is often spread through
touching, hugging and kissing. Because of this, almost 100% of children
contract RSV by their second birthday. In most older children, RSV runs its
course with mild symptoms similar to the cold or flu, and many parents may not
even know their child has the virus. But in very young babies—and especially
preemies and those with certain lung and heart diseases—it can lead to a
serious respiratory infection.
it is your responsibility to know how to act and prepare for a visit. It is
important to remember that babies are susceptible to germs, so physical contact
can be risky. Always wash your hands, ask before you touch a baby, and stay
away if you have been sick recently.
tips to remember when a loved one has a new baby:
before you visit. New parents need time to set up a routine and bond. By giving
them time to do so before you visit, you are respecting the new family.
a visit if you feel that you may be getting sick, have recently been ill or exposed
that parents know best. If you feel they are being overprotective or overly
cautious, just consider that only they know what’s best for the health of their
new son or daughter.
to do something to ease their responsibilities as they spend time as a family,
such as laundry, cooking or dishes. Sleep-deprived moms and dads will
appreciate your help!
do schedule a visit with a new baby:
your hands frequently—upon entering the home and especially prior to holding
the baby. Parents, and the new baby, will appreciate it.
toddlers at home, especially during the winter months. Young children,
especially if they attend day care or preschool, often carry germs and viruses,
like RSV, that are easily spread.
facts about RSV that all parents, caregivers and loved ones should know:
every baby will contract RSV by age 2, but only 1/3 of moms say they’ve heard
of the virus.
RSV infection is the leading cause of infant hospitalization, responsible for
more than 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 500 infant deaths each year.
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
is no treatment for RSV, so it’s important for parents to take preventive steps
to help protect their child (e.g., wash hands, toys, bedding frequently; avoid
crowds and cigarette smoke).
babies are at an increased risk of developing serious RSV infection, so it’s
important to speak with a pediatrician to determine if a baby may be at high
risk for RSV, and discuss preventive measures.
- Symptoms of
serious RSV infection include: persistent coughing or wheezing; rapid,
difficult, or gasping breaths; blue color on the lips, mouth, or under the
fingernails; high fever; extreme fatigue; and difficulty feeding. Parents
should contact a medical professional immediately upon signs of these
I can say that as a Mom I would love if everyone followed these simple steps of baby etiquette. I wouldn’t have to feel like the overbearing, overprotective mother by insisting everyone wash their hands and stay away if they’ve been sick. I can remember nearly having a nervous breakdown after having Danika and having a visitor with young kids that were all sneezing and coughing on my baby. As a new Mom I didn’t have the courage to speak up and say that they weren’t allowed to hold the baby and after they left I cried and cried. Remember this as you think of Moms in your life being overprotective. All we want is the best for our babies and often it’s hard to stand up for that. Make it easy on them and educate yourself on common baby etiquette!
*I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and received promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.