This morning we loaded up the vehicle with the little dragons and headed to the Park Meadows area well before our normal time to be out and about. This took a good deal of planning and organizing but we made it to our destination on time. No, we weren't heading to the mall this Saturday morning for some early holiday shopping... we had our first appointment at the Synagis Clinic.
Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children under two. Most every child will be infected with the virus by their second birthday, and most of these infections occur by six months of age. Preemies, twins, and babies with respiratory issues are at very high risk for developing severe RSV. It is a leading cause of hospitalization and can cause death in babies born prematurely.
Anyone can get RSV but adults and older children may feel like they have a cold or seasonal allergies. It is passed on through hand contact, touching, sneezing, and coughing, and is highly contagious. The best way to help prevent the spread of RSV and other diseases is frequent and proper hand washing for 15-20 seconds.
So- what are we and the little dragons doing to protect ourselves from RSV?
1. The babies got the Synagis shots, which is a booster of antibodies that helps to protect at-risk infants from RSV. They will continue to get this monthly through RSV season (spring 2013).
2. RSV Season quarantine: the babies won't be going anywhere with the exception of the doctor until RSV season is over (spring 2013).
3. Anyone caring for or visiting the little dragons must have had their Pertussis and Flu vaccines. They must not be sick or be around sick people. We can't take a chance.
Preemie immune systems are still developing and the little dragons are no exception. They are still too young to protect themselves from viruses and more- so we and the people around them must do everything we can to avoid another hospital stay, a sickness, and anything else that would set them back.