7 Must Haves for RSV

On Monday my littlest was diagnosed with RSV. I found these little things have helped the most.

Braun Thermometer ($67.13) : There are two types of these available for sale. I stood in the Walgreens thermometer aisle for far too long before I noticed the difference-you’ll see it on the side of the packaging. They both work the same and differ by only a few dollars. Personally, I splurged and got the more expensive one because I wanted the case. Also-the cheaper version is in the baby aisle and the other is in the thermometer aisle under lock and key. Clearly thermometers are a serious business. One has a little cover for the ear piece and the other has more of a case to it.  When dealing with RSV, getting an accurate temperature reading is very important-as is keeping your thermometer clean. Braun has little lens filters (much better prices on Amazon than at Walgreens) which are super convenient. I know this thermometer seems expensive but it’s very much worth it. We had a scare and ended up being admitted into the hospital… had we been using our subpar thermometer we wouldn’t have gotten as accurate if a reading and our poor little guy may not have gotten the help he needed. I feel like if you take anything from my list-this is the main item I recommend the most. Not for convenience but for need.

Graco NasalClear Nasal Aspirator ($14.98): While in the hospital, the nurses and respiratory specialist would suction out baby Jackson’s nose all the time. RSV gives you tons and tons of nasal funk. This little device has helped with keeping his little nose from getting sore. No more or minimal wiping! I also love that you can see how much gross stuff you are pulling out. I was a little hesitant because I didn’t believe that anything would work even close to what we used in the hospital… but I’m really glad to be wrong. Just seeing how much this thing has pulled out has made me a believer! And mommas-fear not! The nose parts come apart for easy cleaning-and it’s even dishwasher safe! You can also purchase replacement tips on Amazon for under $2.00. This is my top item for convenience. Say bye-bye to the little rashy noses!

Little Remedies Saline Spray ($4.99): I recommend Little Remedies because the piece that you insert into your little one’s tiny nose is very small and really does make things easier. This one is more about a mom-hack I’ve learned this week than anything else-but totally necessary. You spray this stuff into your Little’s nose and then suction out all of the stuffies. The saline helps break apart and pull out all of the dried up and stuck nasties. It also helps loosen up any thicker congestion inside the nose. I can’t believe I’m just learning about this on my fourth kiddo. I feel like I’ve been living under a rock. It really is a game changer.

 

Infant’s Tylenol ($7.97): You can purchase Infant or Children’s Tylenol  ($4.50)– the strength is the exact same. The only difference is the size of
the bottle and the bottle coming with a syringe versus a cup (2 oz in the Infant and 4 oz in theChildrens). I also should mention that the infant syringe doesn’t fit into the children’s bottle. I found this to be very frustrating so I feel like it’s surely worth mentioning. If you’re worried about saving some money and don’t mind having to wash the cap along with the syringe every time-then for sure purchase the Children’s version.

Infants’ Motrin ($7.51): This stuff is a godsend when dealing with nasty RSV fevers that just won’t quit. I, unfortunately, do not know whether or not children’s Motrin is the same as Infants Motrin (as it was with Tylenol). This really was the only thing that was able to manage his fevers.

Disposable diapers: This one may be a given for some, but for me, a cloth momma, it so isn’t. The diarrhea, aka runny butt, is fierce, smelly, and messy. When dealing with a clingy and fussy super sick baby, rinsing diapers is less than ideal. I recommend going with anything to make your life as easy as humanly possible. I also should add that it’s much easier to count and observe exactly how wet a diaper is when you are using a disposable-something I’ve learned to be very important because of the high risk of dehydration involved with RSV.

Pedialyte ($4.98-$14.98): This stuff is almost like liquid gold when you have RSV. Staying hydrated is so important-especially for little guys. I recommend the Popsicles (they are an otter pop style Popsicle), as well as the traditional flavored and non-flavored Pedialyte drinks. I recommend only opening one at a time because they go bad pretty quickly. My little one will not take a bottle or sippy cup so we used a syringe to feed him the Pedialyte. This worked pretty well!


7 Must Haves for Heading to the Hospital


If you do happen to find yourself in the RSV boat, I highly recommend packing a just-in-case little hospital bag for yourself. We were in such a rush that it really would have come in handy. Here are a few things I recommend bringing;

  • Tooth Brush
  • Travel Toothpaste
  • T-Shirt or Long Sleeve Shirt (you will get lots of boogies on you)
  • Underwear
  • Sweats or Yoga Pants
  • Socks
  • Going Home Outfit for Your Little One

What is RSV


“Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common, and very contagious, virus that infects the respiratory tract of most children before their second birthday. For most babies and young children, the infection causes nothing more than a cold.” –WebMd

Symptoms to watch out for-

  • Trouble breathing
  • Cough producing yellow, green, or gray mucus
  • Unusually upset or inactive
  • Refuses to breastfeed or bottle-feed
  • Signs of dehydration — lack of tears when crying, little or no urine in the diaper for 6 hours, and cool, dry skin.

An RSV infection can cause cold-like symptoms, including a  cough and runny nose, which usually last for 1-2 weeks. Our doctor said that RSV is very contagious but as long as the little ones are fever-free for 48 hours it’s unlikely they will spread anything.

Call your baby’s doctor and get medical attention immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • If your baby is overly tired (lethargic)
  • Breathes rapidly
  • Has a blue tint to the lips or fingernails

Our son was losing consciousness, breathing rapidly, and very tired all the time. Another thing to look out for are wet diapers. Sick RSV babies don’t eat very much so they are at a very high-risk for dehydration. If you only have one or two wet diapers all day, your baby may be dehydrated and this is another reason to at least call your doctor. Our doctor was not in the office when we called so we had to see the on-call doctor. The on-call doctor said that baby Jackson was fine. An hour later we were in the ER and being admitted. In fact, I’m typing this from the pediatrics ward as we speak. If you feel your baby isn’t okay- take him in! Sometimes doctors miss things.

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