World Preemie Day and RSV Season – Important Info for Anyone Who Is Pregnant #ProtectPreemies #RSV

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Do you know the definition of “preemie”?  I was shocked that 75% of parents are like me and don’t know the exact definition of a premature baby!  Prematurity is being born at or before 37 weeks gestation age.  What I also wasn’t aware of, is the dangers of prematurity.

Because of the medical complications resulting from disruption of a baby’s development, many premature babies spend weeks or months in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).  If you know any mom’s who’s baby has been in NICU, it’s rough – they feel often powerless, anxious and isolated.  It is flat out scary.

Respiratory/breathing problems are some of the most common issues for preemies, with 79% of hospitalized babies due to a severe respiratory problem.  125,000 babies are hospitalized every year for a specific respiratory virus called RSV or respiratory syncytial virus.  

RSV Quick Facts

  • RSV is the leading cause of infant hospitalization, and severe RSV disease causes up to 10 times as many infant deaths each year as the flu.
  • RSV is most prevalent during the winter months.  The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has defined the “RSV Season” as beginning in November and lasting through March for most parts of North America.
  • In addition to prematurity, common risk factors include low birth weight, certain lung or heart diseases, a family history of asthma and frequent contact with other children.

Preventive Steps

  • Wash hands, toys, bedding and play areas frequently
  • Ensure you, your family and any visitors wash their hands or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid large crowds and people who are or have been sick
  • Never smoke or let anyone else smoke near your baby

To learn more about RSV, visit www.rsvprotection.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.  I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

photo by: sabianmaggy

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