If you recall back in November, I spoke about World Prematurity Day and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) prevention in this blog post. As mentioned previously, RSV is something that almost all children under the age of 2 contract, but, for some, it can be dangerous or even deadly. Complications of this virus can include a severe respiratory infection and a trip to the hospital.
When your child is in day care or school, the chances of getting common sicknesses, like RSV, spike dramatically. I always relished the days prior to when my kids were in school, because they were less likely to catch every illness that was going around.
I worked at a day care for awhile as a Child Care Teacher for toddlers, and I saw children that had perpetual runny noses that never seemed to clear up. As soon as they would recover from one illness, another would be right on its wings. Ear infections were commonplace, along with respiratory sicknesses. Because it was a day care and parents needed to go to work, many children were brought in sick and occasionally had to have their parents come pick them up. Despite our attempts to clean and disinfect, the day care environment was a breeding ground for illnesses like RSV.
Did you know that RSV can live on surfaces like doorknobs, countertops, toys, and bedding for several hours? And, of course, it can also be spread through direct human interaction like touch and common signs of affection. Because there is no cure for RSV, prevention is the best option.
Here are 5 ways that you can help to protect your child from RSV in public settings like day care and school:
- Immediately wash your own hands prior to interacting with your kids and ask others, like day care workers and teachers, to do the same. Keep antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizers in your bag, in your car, and in your home to make it quick and easy.
- Immediately wash any items that you bring home from day care or school on a daily basis, including toys, baby bottles, Sippy cups, water bottles, clothing, baby car seats, etc. Hard surfaces can be wiped down with any germ-killing agent or antibacterial wipes.
- Encourage kids who are sick to stay home. If other parents do the same, the chances of spreading sickness are reduced. Likewise, if you know sickness is going around, you may want to keep your child home as a preventative measure.
- Stock up on natural germ fighters, like Vitamin C which can be found naturally in foods and through vitamin supplements. By giving your child products that contain Vitamin C, you will help to boost your child’s natural sickness-fighting immune system.
- Inquire about your day care or school’s method for sickness prevention, including how often they wash surfaces, bedding, toys, doorknobs, highchairs, etc. that kids touch on a daily basis.
Like the flu and colds, RSV has a season that typically runs from November through March (depending on your area). For more information on preventing RSV in your child, check out the RSV Protection site.
Make sure to share this important blog post with other parents who have children in day care or school, because awareness is key for prevention.Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that I was selected to complete in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect. I received compensation in exchange for providing this post. However, all opinions expressed are my own.