While there are great natural remedies to combat winter colds and flus, it’s important to understand that not all flus and illnesses are brought on by exposure to the cold. One father learned this firsthand, and recently took to the photo-sharing site Imgur to share his harrowing experience he faced while caring for his baby girl.
In February 2016, a Memphis father posted a couple photos of his “little fighter” who had been battling a severe yet mysterious illness. He watched in horror as his daughter flatlined with the pediatric team, then miraculously be revived moments later, and hooked up to a ventilator.
In the weeks that followed, doctors finally diagnosed his daughter with a serious medical condition — yet it’s something of which many parents aren’t even aware. Now, Dad is spreading the word about this illness, and the simple way parents can avoid it happening to their own children at all costs…
After a heartbroken dad shared his personal story on Imgur, it quickly went viral. In his post, he told us of how his infant daughter was admitted to the hospital with viral meningitis.
“As soon as the pediatric team arrived at the hospital to pick her up, she flatlined,” Dad wrote. “They revived her and put her on a ventilator immediately.”
Since that horrifying moment, doctors diagnosed the baby girl with something called RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus. The medical team said if she got any worse, there was nothing more they could do for her.
Just a week prior, Dad had no clue what RSV even was. Now here he was, encouraging parents everywhere to take caution when handling their children.
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.”