It's that time of year again...

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This post was sponsored by AstraZeneca as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Aw, fall has arrived. I love October for so many reasons, in fact it is my favorite month of the year. The gorgeous colors in the sky, pumpkin everything, and the cool weather makes me so happy. However, the one thing I do not like about this time of year is the illness the cooler weather brings. This week marked my first notices of strep, bronchitis, and the dreaded RSV from my son's school. 

RSV is a common, seasonal virus that typically occurs between the months of November-March in the United States and, scary as it sounds, is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of life since the disease infects the lungs. It's no wonder National RSV Awareness Month is October. 

RSV Awareness Month exists to educate parents about the signs and symptoms of RSV disease as well as preventative measures you can take to reduce exposure. It is so important as parents to be armed not to be fearful but to know how to protect our precious babies from the season's biggest threat. Knowing the important facts about RSV can help us prepare to keep our babies safe and warm throughout the colder season. 

My little guy contracted RSV as newborn and it was awful. Little to no sleep for all of us and just watching him have trouble breathing was a very scary experience and one that I am extremely thankful we are past. Thankfully, there is a huge difference between contracting RSV and becoming seriously ill from RSV and we had the lesser of the two evils. Nearly all babies by the age of two in the US will contract RSV, however, severity varies. 

Did you know?

RSV spreads rapidly among children. Most children will recover in 1-2 weeks but can spread the virus for 1-3 weeks even after they recover. 

RSV, or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus, is a contagious viral disease that may infect a person’s lungs and breathing passages.

In babies, RSV generally causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms. But in certain high-risk infants it can cause serious lung infections and hospitalization.

Signs of RSV include: wheezing or coughing that does not stop, gasping for breath,
a blueish color around the mouth or fingernails, trouble breathing, and fever.
 1 to 2 weeks, but are able to continue to spread the virus for 1 to 3 weeks,
Remember, although there is no cure for RSV disease, there are measures you can take to help prevent it.!

For more details and information visit to learn more about RSV disease adn how to keep your child healthy this RSV season! #LittleLungs #RSVAwarenessMonth

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