There were signs about RSV posted at the main doors into our NICU unit–“It’s RSV Season!!!”–with special RSV visiting hours listed. A month later, new summer hours were posted, and siblings were allowed to visit the unit for a few hours each day–“RSV Season is Over!!!”
Fliers about RSV were posted on every bulletin board, near every sanitizing foam pump on the wall. We received an RSV brochure in our go-home packet from our unit’s social worker. Then, after discharge, as the summer drew to a close, our pede had a long conversation with us about RSV. ECI gave us information about it, as did our developmental pediatrician’s office.
All of which begged the questions: what the heck is RSV, and is it the fourth horseman of the apocalypse?
What is RSV?
It is not the fourth horseman of the apocalypse. It is, however, thought to be the leading cause of hospitalization in children under the age of 1. And for those who began their journey in a NICU, the thought of being re-admitted into a PICU can be a preemie parent’s worst nightmare.