I HAVE EDITED THIS POST BECAUSE I AM GETTING A LOT OF NEGATIVE COMMENTS REGARDING THE WORDING. JUST TO MAKE IT CLEAR I AM NOT BLAMING SIDS ON THE MOTHERS, IT JUST HAPPENS. I WAS JUST TRYING TO INFORM EVERYONE OF PREVENTATIVES.  

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME PLEASE MAKE THIS POPULAR OTHER MOMS NEED TO KNOW........

Because of a resent death of a close friends child I would like to talk to you about SIDS and RSV. Originally, they thought the baby died of SIDS but come to find out it was RSV. I WILL TALK ABOUT BOTH OF THESE IN THIS AND TELL YOU THE WARNING SIGNS OF EACH:

SIDS: IS A TRAGIC SUDDEN DEATH THAT NO ONE SUSPECTS. WE CAN DO EVERYTHING RIGHT BUT BABIES STILL DIE.  (SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME) It is the most common death among infants in America. They account for half of the deaths of children between the ages of 1 month and 1 year. At least ninety percent of SIDS accrue withing the second and before the sixth month.

PREVENTION OF SIDS:::::

  • LIE ALL CHILDREN FACING UP WHEN SLEEPING.
  • DO NOT KEEP TOO WARM
  • USE LESS BLANKETS
  • NO BUMPER PADS
  • GET ALL BABY WELL BEING VISITS
  • ALSO SMOKING BEFORE PREGNANCY AND AFTER WILL CAUSE SIDS. THE REASON WHY BEFORE IS THE LACK OF OXYGEN TO THE UTERUS CAUSES BABY TO HAVE BREATHING PROBLEMS.
  • COCAIN AND HEROIN ALSO RAISE THE RISK BY 30 TIMES.

SIDS IS NOT CONTAGIOUS NOR ARE THERE ANY WARNING SIGNS. YOU JUST HAVE TO DO YOUR BEST TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING BY FOLLOWING THE RULES ABOVE BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT SIDS IS NO ONES FAULT. YOU MAY TALK ALL PERCAUTIONS AND BABIES CAN STILL DIE.

RSV: STANDS FOR RESPITORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS. THIS IS A RESPITORY INFECTION THAT CAN KILL BABIES BUT ADULTS ALSO GET IT BUT IS NOT DEADLY IN ADULTS. IT CAUSES SWELLING IN THE RESPITORY SYSTEM AND CAUSES A LARGE EXCESS OF MUCOS TO FORM. THIS CAN PLUG AIRWAYS AND CAN CAUSE MAJOR HOSPITALIZATION AND DEATH IF NOT FOUND EARLY ENOUGH. ALTHOUGH ALMOST ALL CHILDREN HAVE THIS BEFORE AGE 2 THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE SEVERE CHILDHOOD ILLNESS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE HOSPITALIZED OR DIE.

SYPTOMS OF RSV:

  • FIRST OFF AN ADULT OUR ANOTHER CHILD USUALLY GIVES THE BABY THE VIRUS THROUGH A COMMON COLD THAT THEY MAY HAVE HAD.
  • NEXT A RUNNY NOSE AND A RED THROAT
  • MAY INCLUDE COUGH, WHEEZING, AND FEVER.
  • OR EAR INFECTION
  • SOME CHILDREN NOT ALL WILL EXPERIANCE HEAVY BREATHING, LISTLESSNES, AND FAST RESPORATIONS.
  • THE ONLY SYPTOMS IN SMALL BABIES MAY BE IRRIATBILITY, NOT EATING REGULARLY, AND LETHARGY.

RSV IS VERY CONTIGIOUS. CAN BE SPREAD THROUGH THE AIR AND ALSO BY HANDS CONTACTING. IT CAN REMAIN ON HANDS UP TO A HALF HOUR AND ON OBJECTS SUCH AS CLOTHING FOR HOURS.THERE IS A SIMPLE BLOOD TEST THAT WILL TELL IF YOUR SON ARE DAUGHTER HAS THIS. IF YOU QUESTION YOUR DOCTORS ANSWER . ALWAYS GET A SECOND OPINION. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE TOPICS GO TO WWW.PARENTS.COM

PLEASE MAKE THIS POPULAR YOU MAY SAFE A BABIES LIFE.

Elizabeth Catt-Danley

 

 

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Lb128f
Mar. 29, 2008 at 3:33 AM Thanks! Voted Pop!

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manna1qd
Mar. 29, 2008 at 9:39 AM Absolutely tragic!  I hope you have a new doctor.  Here's one of  those lessons about mommy intuition.  God bless you friend.  Praying for a speedy recovery for your little one.  This is important to vote popular, especially under the circumstances!

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morghan
Mar. 29, 2008 at 10:19 AM i switched my pediatrician last week. the old one told me that my son had a respiratory virus and basically to deal with it.  my son was premature and has had a lot of lung problems. he has now had a cough since the middle of september. my first visit with the new doctor she reffered us to an asthma specialist for him. HOW COME THE OTHER ONE DIDNT????  ill find out thursday if my not even 2 year old son has asthma. i brought him home yesterday with a 103.8 fever. he has an ear infection and feels just terrible. so i cant help but wonder if he could have rsv as well.... iv been so worried hes been sleeping in our bed and i set my alarm for every hour to check on him. it took me 4 hours to get his fever under 100 yesterday...

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Mommy...
Mar. 29, 2008 at 10:40 AM That is so tragic! Drs always think they know everything-they see our kids for 30 mins and they can make an assumption WITHOUT taking into account the information WE as PARENTS provide. My prayers are with your friend and her family. Thank you for sharing. This info could save another babys life. God Bless.

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jsalazar
Mar. 29, 2008 at 11:38 AM my son has been back and forth to the hosp. since october. he has had pnemonia 3xs, rsv once and bad colds. its horrible and very scarey.... my sons last visit they had O2 on him, I.Vs did a spinal tab ect. it was horrible. i have never had a doctor ask me if i need him to call someone becuz i got sooo sick to my tummy. your friend will be in our prayers 

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krist...
Mar. 29, 2008 at 11:43 AM

i cant believe the doc didn't test for RSV. Christian had RSV at two months. scariest shit I have ever been through with him. I took him up to er for a cough and they sent me home and told me it's just a cold. Not even 24 hours later I took him back up and told them no something is wrong...the cough..the mucus...he was turning blue around his mouth. They did a test for RSV and sure enough it came back positive they did a chest x ray and there was fluid all in his lungs. Then guess what.....They just sent me home and told me to give him breathing treatments and that it shall pass. I was so angry. Every night I layed there and watched him breath to make sure he was okay. He couldn't even eat!! It was so sad. This lasted almost two weeks. I talked to some other people who said that there babies had it at older ages and they were hospitalized. Why wasn't my baby hospitalized and taken care of properly???

Great post and mamas remember we know when theres something wrong so sometimes you just gotta put your foot down and tell them they better as hell look more into it.

I'm sorry about your friends baby!! that is so sad and it makes me realize that we to could have lost Christian. Thank god I have my baby to hold and my prayers are with your friend and her family!!!

Kristine

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gmkamm
Mar. 29, 2008 at 12:14 PM My niece at rsv when she was younger.  Thankfully my SIL and her dr caught it very quickly and she was perfectly fine.  It's pretty scary when your baby is so sick.

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jsikapv
Mar. 29, 2008 at 12:28 PM Good post. RSV is very deadly- especially for children with breathing issues to begin with. My son was born at 23wks, so I know all about RSV and the risks! Luckily he qualified for Synigis injections, so when he DID get RSV, it didn't kill him. He's 2 1/2 now, and has had RSV (and been hospitalized for it) about 3 times. Poor little guy!
Check resperations moms! Breathing to fast(ask your doc what is a normal range for your child age), and retractions (where the skin on the ribs goes in because they are trying to hard to breathe)
Hope everyone gets to read this post!!

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LilMs...
Mar. 29, 2008 at 12:29 PM My daughter got RSV at 3 weeks. I only took her in because intuition told me too. Her nose was just stuffy and a slight cough. When we got there her eyelids started to turn purple. Her oxygen saturation level was in the 80's! We went straight to the hopital where we stayed for 3 days and she ended up on O2 for weeks. It is scary to think of what might have happened that night while we slept if I had not taken her in. She is now a healthy 3 month old. Thank god.

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Deenmee
Mar. 29, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Another Symptom of RSV that is not mentioned above is purple under the fingernails. That is how I knew that my daughter had it.  I thought it was a common cold until I looked it up (thank God for advertisments)

and I saw that her fingernails were turning purple and took her to the doctor immediately. Luckily we had a great doctor and we were able to catch it fast enough that I was able to treat it at home with nebulizer treatments.  Even though we caught it that soon her little lungs began to collapse in little pockets. Again luckily it was not severe enough that I still treated it at home with percussion therapy.

Still she is very susceptible to colds now and ear infections.  

It is very terrifying and I cannot believe the doctor did not test the child for it.  I am so sorry for this loss.

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