World Prematurity Day is November 17th, Know What Your Up Against With RSV #RSVAwareness #MC

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Several of my blogger friends have written eloquently of the struggles of having a premature baby.  I’ve been surprised by how many families have gone through the experience.  Did you know that each year worldwide, 13 million babies are born prematurely?

The current rate of prematurity in the United States is 12.2 percent—one of the highest rates of preterm birth in the world. Even more alarming is that the rates have risen by 36 percent over the last 25 years.

Why does it matter?  More than one million preemies have died just this year from the serious health challenges they face!  Since prematurity disrupts a baby’s development in the womb and often stunts the growth of their most critical organs, preemies are susceptible to a variety of illnesses and infections.

November 17 is World Prematurity Day, a perfect time to bring the issues of preterm births to worldwide attention.  Hopefully, parents of preemies will be more prepared to help protect these vulnerable babies.

One of the illnesses that is prevalent and dangerous for preemies is RSV.  Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common seasonal virus, contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, and typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies. Preterm infants, however, are born with undeveloped lungs and immature immune systems that put them at heightened risk for developing severe RSV disease, often requiring hospitalization.

Key RSV Facts:

• RSV occurs in epidemics each year, typically from November through March, though it can vary by geography and year-to- year

• RSV disease is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of life in the United States, with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 400 infant deaths each year

• RSV disease is responsible for one of every 13 pediatrician visits and one of every 38 trips to the ER in children under the age of five

• Despite being so common, many parents aren’t aware of RSV; in fact, one-third of mothers have never heard of the virus

What Can You Do To Protect A Baby

RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. Additionally, the virus can live on the skin and surfaces for hours. There is no treatment for RSV disease once it’s contracted, so prevention is critical.

To help minimize the spread of RSV disease, all parents should:

• Wash their hands and ask others to do the same

• Keep toys, clothes, blanket and sheets clean

• Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season

• Never let anyone smoke around your baby

• Steer clear of people who are sick or who have recently been sick


MCC MedImmune RSV Infographic

Talk to your pediatrician about RSV

and learn more at the site.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MedImmune. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.



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    This is great information. They thought my son had this when he was 3 but it ended up as a bacterial pneumonia.

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