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Reducing your baby’s risk of RSV infection
RSV is a very common, highly contagious virus. But there are things you can do as a parent to help reduce your baby’s risk of being infected. For starters, you can practice basic techniques that have been shown to help reduce the transmission of all kinds of infections, including RSV.
Tips to help reduce the spread of viruses
Wash your hands
Practice frequent hand washing with soap and water – especially before you touch your baby. And make sure siblings and visitors wash their hands as well.
Avoid exposure to infection
If you have a cold or fever, avoid kissing your baby, and limit your infant’s exposure to people who have a contagious illness.
Keep surfaces clean
The RSV virus can live on surfaces for hours, so make sure countertops and bathroom surfaces are cleaned regularly with cleanser – especially when someone in the family has a cold. Also, make sure to clean toys regularly, and always after a child with a cold has played with them.
Try to avoid crowded places such as shopping centres, daycares and large family gatherings where your baby will come into contact with lots of people – and their germs.
Avoid second-hand smoke
Don’t smoke around your baby and don’t let others do so either. Exposure to tobacco smoke can increase your baby’s risk of contracting RSV and the risk of more severe symptoms if he/she does contract the virus.
Not all germs are created equal
Germs are a part of everyday life, but some of these microscopic organisms can also cause infections.
If your baby is considered to be at high risk for serious complications from an RSV infection, talk to your doctor. Ask what you can do to help protect your baby, and what steps you should take if he/she develops any symptoms.
Get the facts.
Ask your doctor.