Monday, January 21, 2008

RSV (the common cold) and Preemies

I just wanted to post this link quickly. I know a lot of our friends read the blog and have been asking when they can see him, when their kids can visit, etc. Tracey and I have been strict about having visitors and it's simply because of Colby's health. He was born premature which is a risk factor in itself. But what seems to really set him apart from full term babies is that he has lung disease. Although full term babies can get the cold quite easily, they have a much better chance of fighting it off and staying relatively well while they're sick. If Colby were to get the common cold, it could settle into his lungs, he could be hospitalized again and it could cause an infection which could be fatal for an infant with lung disease.
So it's not that we don't want to see people (quite the opposite, I'm dying for some socialization!) and it's not that we don't want people to see him, it's just that we need to be so careful. If we were to say OK, come on over with your kids and just have them stay away from him and if anyone had a cold and didn't know it or the cold germs on them and Colby ended up getting just isn't worth it.
Anyway, I just wanted to explain why we're being so cautious.
Here's the link
Thank you for your understanding.


Anonymous said...

I hope he's receiving the monthly synagis shots!

Anonymous said...

Hannah was lucky...she just turned 21 months and was sick for the first time ever. Randy got sick from the police dept., and a week later Hannah had it. I took her to the doctor, and she had a chest type cold, and a double ear infection. Sick babies or toddlers are not fun. Poor little Colby...keep away from all the gross germs!!! Summer time will be better for him!!!
Love, Mary and Hannah