Raising Awareness for Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Firstly, welcome to our very first blog post. I want to use this space to share information that may be helpful to other people wanting to help reduce their waste, with the occasional post about something I find important.

I recently shared this information on the #getintocloth Queensland Facebook group but also wanted to share it here. I want to help spread some awareness of a ‘lovely’ little virus called Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV for short. My family got struck with this past week and I have unfortunately been in and out of hospital with my 3 month old all week. The reason I want to spread awareness is because to adults and older children, this virus just feels and looks like a cold. However, to children under 2, elderly and the immune compromised it isn’t. Babies under 6 months are often hospitalised either from respiratory distress or dehydration (our scenario)

I have seen the varying degrees of sickness for myself first hand. My 3.5 only had a slight cough and runny nose all week, 22 month old’s cough is much worse but our baby has been struggling. I feel for the parents who had babies with respiratory distress and need oxygen, it was difficult enough just seeing ours in the coughing fits and temporarily having difficulty breathing but we thankfully didn’t need oxygen.

I know it can be inconvenient to have a few days off from work, and to pay for day care fees to keep kids home if it appears to just be a runny nose and a cough, but what may appear to be a cold to you may be something more sinister to someone else. Please if you or you child/ren have a cold please stay home.

What are the Symptoms?
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Breathing is faster than normal
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargic
  • Unusually upset
  • Refusing to feed (both breast and/or bottle)
  • Signs of dehyrdation – sunken fontanels, no tears when crying, cool dry skin, reduced number of wet nappies

Please share this information around.

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