Vanessa Lachey recently shared a throwback pic of her youngest child with husband Nick Lachey, Phoenix, to share an important warning about RSV. What is RSV, you might wonder? As Lachey explains, it’s a childhood illness all parents of newborns should be aware of.

As Lachey shared in her post, Phoenix, the couple’s youngest child of three, was just 30 weeks when he was born prematurely, which gave him an increased risk of being susceptible to human respiratory syncytial virus, a common respiratory virus known as RSV. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the virus is so common that most kids will have it before they turn two, but in the majority of cases the symptoms will just appear as a regular cold.

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For infants under six months old, however, or those with a weakened immune system like Lachey’s premature son, it can cause some very serious complications and lead to severe secondary infections such as bronchiolitis, an inflammation of the lung, or pneumonia.

Lachey made the post in honor of RSV Awareness Month to help more parents learn about the dangers of the illness. “When he was hospitalized for six days for severe RSV disease, I was shocked and terrified. I wish I had known more about RSV before this traumatic experience,” she wrote in her post.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Vanessa Lachey via Instagram

 

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