If you’re a new mother, sometimes, you become the most paranoid human being on the planet. Your imagination runs wild. A single wheeze can develop into a case of bronchiolitis in your head.

This paranoia—despite how freaky it is—can be good at times. It helps you become more cautious and take the necessary precautions.

After all, you can never be too careful when it comes to the welfare of your newborn. Your fear may not be unfounded either. According to studies, “Bronchiolitis is a leading cause of infant hospitalization in the United States.”

The gravity of bronchiolitis can vary—from mild to severe. Most cases are mild, which can improve within a couple of weeks, even without a specific treatment. On the other hand, there are some children that experience severe symptoms. In this case, they need intensive treatment in the hospital.

Early symptoms to watch out for include slight fever, dry cough, runny nose and unusual, rapid breathing

Here are 3 ways to help prevent bronchiolitis in infants

    1. Wash your and your child’s hands frequently, most especially after playing and before feeding.
    2. Use disposable tissues instead of a handkerchief. Although it’s not the most environment-friendly alternative, it can help prevent the spread of virus.
    3. Wash and wipe toys and surfaces in the home.

Despite all the precautions, it’s not easy to prevent bronchiolitis in infants. After all, the virus that is causing it is very common. According to Lung.org, there is currently no vaccine for RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). However, if babies were at high risk of developing severe diseases from RSV, doctors would usually recommend Synagis as a medication.

Now, you’ve done everything you can to keep your baby safe. Paranoia in small doses might be good for you. Just make sure to focus on the things you can control and trust that your baby’s going to be fine.

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