Many parents of infants and toddlers are rightfully nervous as they are bombarded with news about the triple threat of RSV, Flu, and Covid. For many, relatives and friends appear as potential sources of infection rather than loved ones to hug. So how to make these holidays feel cozy? How can we re-introduce a sense of normalcy after three years of isolating and quarantining?
I think the most important advice is to be confident that with a little knowledge, you can control your exposure to these infections. First, avoid toddlers and young school-age children with any signs of infection. RSV often presents as a mild cold in toddlers while it presents as lung disease in infants. Second, do not go into situations that you cannot control. It is best to limit your interactions to small events where you know everyone, and folks will do everything that they can to keep your baby safe including getting vaccinated, handwashing, and if necessary, masking, before handling the baby. Third, wash your hands frequently, ideally for 20 seconds each time with soap and water. RSV is transmitted by sharing utensils and cups as well as through respiratory droplets. I know it all seems daunting but don’t give in to the fear. If you stay calm and are confident, you can control when an environment is right or wrong. Happy holidays and good luck. If you are flying, we encourage you to check out our blog post on flying in the post-covid world. As always, if you have specific questions please reach out.