Respiratory Diseases For Babies: RSV

Respiratory Diseases For Babies: RSV

When discussing respiratory diseases in infants and young children, there is a wide range of respiratory-related illnesses that parents need to know about to keep their child healthy. From the less concerning common cold to the very dangerous respiratory distress syndrome, it can be difficult to assess what illness your child is experiencing. Breathe easy, parents; we are here to help you. 

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With so many various types of respiratory diseases, we will focus on one in particular: Respiratory Syncytial Virus, more commonly referred to as RSV. This is a viral infection that, while common, can be dangerous and parents need to be on the lookout for RSV, especially in infants and young children.

What is RSV?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, RSV “is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults” (2020). Generally speaking, RSV is perfectly manageable and easily treated. However, as mentioned before, for infants and the elderly, contracting RSV can be serious. Parents of infants and young children need to be more attentive in their care. RSV is highly contagious; make sure to keep friends, relatives, or childcare providers away from your child should you suspect they have RSV and prevent your child from exposure. 

What are the symptoms of RSV?

Symptoms for RSV generally set in four to six days after exposure (Mayo Clinic 2021). As mentioned before, the symptoms for RSV resemble that of a cold and include (Mayo Clinic 2021):

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Headache

Regarding fevers in infants, please note that the guideline for fevers changes for children by age. You can learn more about fevers in infants and young children here

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Sings of a more severe case of RSV will include any of the above symptoms as well as:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Struggling to breathe
  • Fatigue
  • Bluish skin color (as a result of lack of oxygen)

With any of the more severe symptoms, contact your doctor immediately and get medical assistance. Especially if your child is 12 months or younger, it is critical to get help immediately. RSV can lead to pneumonia which can complicate your child’s health conditions (Escoto 2019).

Can you prevent your child from being infected from RSV?

In short, no; there isn’t a way for parents to completely eliminate the risk that their child will be exposed to RSV. However, parents can make smart decisions about reducing the risk that their child will be exposed to RSV. There are three things parents can do to help reduce the risk for contracting RSV:

  1. Limit contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms. As mentioned before, some symptoms for RSV are very mild and may seem mild. However, just because one person has mild symptoms doesn’t mean the person they spread the disease to will also have mild symptoms. An adult with mild symptoms can pass RSV to an infant who is far more at risk and likely to develop more severe symptoms. Tell friends, family, and caregivers to limit contact with your child when they are sick.
  2. Wash hands and practice basic hygiene habits. One of the more positive side effects since the Covid-19 pandemic is that personal hygiene habits have increased dramatically. Practicing basic habits like washing hands, wiping down surfaces, and disinfecting regularly can reduce the likelihood that your child will contract RSV.
  3. Monitor your child’s vitals. While this won’t necessarily prevent your child from contracting RSV, it will help you recognize early warning signs that they have RSV and get the treatment they need before conditions become severe. One way to monitor your child’s vitals is with a wearable baby monitor like the LoveyQ. This monitor can track vital signs like heart rate, breath rate, temperature, and sleeping patterns. These signs can alert parents to underlying problems that need to be addressed before they become problematic. Early detection is just as valuable as prevention.

Final Thoughts:

RSV is something that, in all likelihood, every child will encounter at some point in their lifetime. However, the duration and severity of the condition are what parents need to be on the lookout for. As parents, we know how important your child’s health is, and we want you to have all the information you need to ensure your child is getting the care they need. 

Resources:

CDC. (2020, December 18). Learn about Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mayo Clinic. (2021, January 9). Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – Symptoms and causes.

Escoto, M. A. (2019, February). Respiratory Syncytial Virus (for Parents) – Nemours KidsHealth. Kid’s Health.

Children’s Heart Issues: Congenital Heart Defects

Children’s Heart Issues: Congenital Heart Defects

When it comes to health and well-being, heart health is at the top of the list of things parents prioritize when caring for their child. So when there is concern that something is wrong, it’s important for parents to remain calm and do their research on what they need to know about heart complications in children. While there are several different types of problems related to the heart, we are going to focus on congenital heart defect — specifically in children. The reason is that, of the heart problems that are considered serious, congenital heart defect is the most common and should be the first one that parents be on the lookout for. 

What is a congenital heart defect?

A congenital heart defect is a problem that is found within the structure of the heart.

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The illustration above shows the structure of a child’s healthy heart. When working properly, blood will flow into the right side of the heart, flow to the lungs to receive oxygen, then return to the heart and flow to the left side of the heart, and finally is pumped out to the body. This is how a heart is supposed to work; healthy valves keep the blood flowing smoothly.

Congenital heart defect impacts the blood flow to one or more of the valves seen above: the opening may be too narrow, the wall separating the chambers may be too thin (or have a small hole), the valve doesn’t close properly, and so on. The severity of the defect is based upon how seriously the blood flow is impacted within the heart. 

Early indicators of a heart defect

Unfortunately, congenital heart defects are something children have when they are born. Since heart development begins in utero, sometimes health care providers can detect problems in pregnancy during a mother’s ultrasound. Early detection is critical to treating and managing congenital heart defects.

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However, not all cases are found as early as pregnancy, meaning it is up to parents and healthcare providers to be on the lookout. Early indicators include (Story 2017):

  • Blueish lips, fingers, or toes
  • Breathlessness or trouble breathing
  • Low birthweight
  • Delayed growth
  • Abnormal heart rhythms

Some of these early signs are easy to detect since they can be observed more easily; the appearance of blueish lips or noticing that your child is having difficulty breathing. 

Symptoms such as blueish lips or noticing your child’s breathing are easier to detect because those symptoms are more easily observed. However, other symptoms, like abnormal heart rhythms, are not as easily seen. 

One way to detect an abnormal heart rhythm is with the use of a baby monitor. The LoveyQ is a wearable monitor that can closely monitor your baby’s heart patterns while awake or sleeping. The benefit of a monitor like this is that it will track long-term heart patterns that will help parents better understand how their child’s heart is working. The app will display the data for parents to see so they can better evaluate the health of their child’s heart.

During a standard well-child appointment, pediatricians spend up to an hour with each child; 1 minute of that appointment is spent listening to the child’s heart with a stethoscope. While congenital heart defects can be detected this way, and regular checkups with a pediatrician are important, it may not be enough to catch everything. That’s why we advocate for regular monitoring with LoveyQ. If parents notice any abnormalities in heart rhythms, they can bring that data to their next appointment and show the doctor.

While LoveyQ cannot diagnose children with congenital heart defects, it can detect early warning signs. Once notified, a doctor will need to perform further testing before a diagnosis can be determined.

What causes congenital heart defects?

As mentioned earlier, congenital heart defects are something that a person is born with, meaning that problems begin early in development. Experts are not precisely sure what causes these heart defects, but they suspect that the problem may start during pregnancy. They have found a correlation to mothers who exhibit certain behaviors during pregnancy tend to have children born with congenital heart defects (Story 2017):

  • Mothers who take certain prescription drugs during pregnancy
  • Mothers who consume alcohol or take illegal drugs
  • Mothers who had a viral infection during the first trimester of pregnancy
  • Mothers who had an increase in their blood sugar levels from something such as diabetes. 

It is clear that the health and behaviors of a mother during pregnancy can impact the health of their unborn child for life. However, having a child with a congenital heart defect does not mean the mother was negligent during her pregnancy. Research also suggests that congenital heart defects may be genetic and can, therefore, simply run in the family. Be sure to examine your own family’s health history when assessing the likelihood that your child may have a congenital heart defect. 

Final thoughts

If you are concerned that your child may have a congenital heart defect, it’s important to contact your doctor immediately so that further destiny can be done. While careful monitoring can’t prevent your child from developing a congenital heart defect, it can certainly help with early detection that can help get your child the care that they need to manage their condition. We care about our kids as much as you do for yours; if you suspect that there is a problem, we hope that you can get the care that they need. 

References:

What are Congenital Heart Defects? | CDC. (2019, November 22). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. (2020). Congenital Heart Defects in Children | Doernbecher Children’s Hospital | OHSU. OHSU.

Story, C. M. (2017, December 19). Congenital Heart Disease. Healthline.

LoveyQ Pre-orders are open!

LoveyQ Pre-orders are open!

Pre-orders are now open for the most advanced, wearable baby monitor on the market — LoveyQ. What makes LoveyQ so unique is the ability to track a variety of vitals in your baby while they are sleeping.

What Makes LoveyQ The Best Of The Best?

The LoveyQ wearable baby monitor allows parents to monitor their child’s wellbeing in an effort to provide them with the full scope of health and wellness. LoveyQ is safe, easy to wear, and offers more features than other wearable monitors on the market. 

First, I needed to have something that would reliably warn me if Bogdan’s temperature began to rise.

Second, I needed an easy way
to accurately measure his vitals signs – even when we are asleep.

We knew there must be a better solution.

We felt I should be able to see the full picture of our son’s health, any time – whether he was asleep or active.”

 — Oksana Nishtun — Founder of LoveyQ

Competitors to the LoveQ struggle to find an effective way to make their monitor easy to wear while also tracking the important data parents need. Wearable sock monitors fall off, some diaper clip monitors are too big and awkward, and others claim to track vitals through just a webcam.

None of this compares to the high quality, wearable monitor we provide.

Our monitor is easy to wear with medical silicone tape and can be clipped to your baby’s diaper or work around their thigh on a band allowing versatile options for the baby. It is also smaller and less intrusive than other monitors without being so small that it could be a hazard to the baby.  It’s the perfect middle ground. 

How Does LoveyQ Work?

LoveyQ works by utilizing advanced sensor technology to track a variety of vitals. It also uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi to send the collected data to your smartphone. While it is advanced technology, it is technology most users are familiar with. Similar technology is used in other tracking devices like an AppleWatch or Fitbit. This means the sensors are top of the line, reliable, and have no negative side effects with prolonged use. 

LoveyQ will give parents are caretakers the most valuable information they need such as:

  • Heart Rate
  • Temperature
  • Breath Rate
  • Cough Detection
  • Sleep/Wake Tracking
  • Crying Alert
  • Position (back/belly)
  • Activity
  • Step Count

Simply put, there is no other device that will monitor all these vitals simultaneously. If you’re going to invest in a wearable baby monitor you should get one that includes everything you could ever need.

Other Features?

In addition to providing parents and caretakers with all the important vital signs for your baby, it also has some really useful tech features as well. 

  • Battery life up to 5 days
  • Water resistant
  • Medical silicone material
  • Alert System
  • Multiple phone mentoring (so mom and dad can be on the same page)
  • Saves stats on the cloud with an opt-out option

As far as tech features go, this device is going to give you everything you need on a device that is easy to navigate with user-friendly features.

Where To Pre-Order?

Pre-orders are live! But not for long! Our retail price is $299 — and $200 for pre-orders!

That is a 33% savings which won’t last forever.

Go to https://loveyqmonitor.com/pre-order to place your pre-order now.

There are no charge for pre-order, but you have to guarantee your future purchase.  Get your own LoveyQ now, so you can be one of the first customers and maximize your savings.

Welcome to a concerned parent blog.

Welcome to a concerned parent blog.

Are you a brand-new parent that is just excited and anxious to embark on a parenthood journey? Or are you a seasoned parent who is looking to be even a better for you children by arming yourself with new knowledge and insights? Either way, you have discovered a new and exciting place to begin!

I remember the day I found out that there would be a little angel coming into my life. It was pure joy! Soon enough, that excitement became anxiety when I realized how little I knew about taking care of a tiny human being. I immediately dove into the well of knowledge, thought that with my medical background, I would have a better advantage to understand what lay ahead. Well, I could not be more wrong! It was a huge learning curve, and I found myself overwhelmed and frustrated. Eight months into pregnancy, I couldn’t even come up with a half decent list for my baby registry. Just the thought that my baby could be here any minute sent me straight to the panic zone. I didn’t know what I needed (for the record, I didn’t know a tiny baby could need so many things), if that product was practical or if it fit our lifestyle. I spent hours and hours reading every product reviews and numerous blogs. 

Then my baby arrived! Holding that bundle of joy in my arm. I realized how under prepared I felt. It didn’t matter how many childcare books that I read; I still didn’t know what to expect. I had so many questions and was constantly anxious about my child’s wellbeing. One concern was finding a baby monitor that provided more than just video and audio capabilities. I wish I know then about LoveyQ baby monitor.

LoveyQ was created by Oksana Nishtun – a concerned parent who has a little boy prone to have seizures. She reached out to people who were already developing devices for medical company in hope that they can come up with some smart device to help her relieve the anxiety of her son’s health. LoveyQ tracks baby’s temperature, heart rate and breath rate, sleep/wake up, detects cough, alerts when baby cries, position (back/belly), and even counts steps. What an amazing device to help parent at ease! No more walking up to the child crib just to make sure he/she is still breathing (or at least that what I did!)

I think that being a parent is the most difficult job in the world. I am sure it is easier nowadays than ever with easy access to information, and many advanced technologies to aid our success of being a parent. However, often we are overwhelmed with the vast amount of information (often contradicting!), bombarded with advertisements, and confused with questionable product reviews.

We are here to share our knowledge with you, to support you on a challenging journey of parenthood, and to ease your worries of your child’s wellbeing. Of course, you will still need to do your own research, and seek professional advice when it comes to your child’s health. I hope you will find this to be an informative read, and just like shopping, you will have fun picking up new information that sparks your interest and is applicable to your lifestyle and family needs. At the end of the day, please know that you are a great parent even when it can be challenging at times. You will always have our full support!

Anne Lonero