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I don't understand why antibiotics would make any sense. It's a viral illness. Antibiotics only act against bacteria. Not viruses. And I would hope a NICU isn't going to let anyone in with RSV- antibiotics or no.
I wonder if talking to your pediatrician about getting an rsv shot for the newborn would be possible if you do have it in your house so close to birth. I know it's really hard to get insurance to cover them for full-term babies but having siblings who actually do have it is a pretty high risk factor. I would think your pede could get them to cover it.
(I don't know about the abx either, that was just my experience when my DS had RSV at 8 days old. I guess when you go through something like that abx are pretty minute.)
Jennifer, LPN and nursing student, Doula, CPST, and VBAC mama x3 to
AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)
RSV antibodies are passed through breastmilk, so you'd also have some protection from that. And if you're fighting it, I'd think you'd be absolutely LOADED with antibodies.
|Another factor making the spread of RSV almost unavoidable is the period of viral shedding. Viral shedding may occur one to two days before symptoms become apparent and last as long as two weeks after symptom onset. This period is significantly greater and more prolonged for children with defective cellular immunity.1 The incubation period is three to five days for most patients.|
RSV is a negative-sense, enveloped RNA virus. The virion is variable in shape and size (average diameter of between 120 and 300 nm), is unstable in the environment (surviving only a few hours on environmental surfaces), and is readily inactivated with soap and water and disinfectants.
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