For the most part, Dad explained the effects and implications of RSV, but warned us about the crucial dangers of not washing hands before handling young infants. These instructions may seem straightforward to most people, but it’s important to distinguish RSV from common colds. RSV isn’t caused by exposure to cold temperatures, and is rather brought on by direct contact with surfaces and through transmissions like coughing and sneezing.
In the U.S., 60 percent of infants are routinely infected with RSV, and have gone on to suffer from lower respiratory tract infections.
“RSV is not only spread through droplets, but through contact on surfaces like the grocery cart that your baby touches that another ill child was coughing on an hour earlier,” explained Dr. Ari Brown, author of Baby 411.
“But could somebody die if you don’t wash hands? Technically, yes.”
Three weeks later, Dad snapped a couple of photos of his baby girl. Surviving against all
odds, he looked at her face and realized she was a born fighter. Miraculously, she recovered.
“Please make sure to wash your hands before handling little ones,” Dad says. “And make sure to wrap them up when heading outside into the cold.”
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