November 17th is World Prematurity Day – Get Educated About Preemies & RSV Prevention!

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 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.

Three letters that make me cringe – RSV.  Do those letters impact you?  It’s not surprising if they don’t because 1/3 of mother’s have never heard of the virus these letters represent – Respiratory Syncytial Virus.  I was part of that third until my family was impacted when Willow was diagnosed with RSV last year which is why I want to share as much about RSV with you as I can.

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RSV is a common seasonal virus that is contracted by nearly 100% of children by age 2 and typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy full-term babies. Chances are if you have a healthy full-term child they at some point had RSV when you thought it was just a typical cold.  The big problem arises when dealing with pre-term infants (birth at or before 37 weeks of age) born with underdeveloped lungs and immature immune systems putting them at risk for severe RSV disease.  This is because the infection is more likely to root itself in premature lungs where developing airways are narrow and fragile.  Pre-term babies also carry fewer virus fighting antibodies that they need while their own immune systems mature after birth.  And so it is extremely important to know the facts, symptoms, and methods to protect your child from this deadly disease.  This infographic contains lots of information that can be very helpful to parents.

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In addition to the tips to prevent RSV disease mentioned in the infographic – wash hands, keep toys/clothes/blankets/sheets clean, and avoiding crowds as well as other young children during RSV season you should also be sure to never let anyone smoke around your baby.  To keep Willow as healthy as possible during this RSV season I have decided to do extended breastfeeding and delay the introduction of cow’s milk which her doctor thought was a great idea to prevent RSV this year.  And so at a minimum we will be nursing though the spring when Willow is about 18 months old.

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Please join me in spreading the word about RSV prevention.  November 17th is World Prematurity Day which is the perfect time to share on social media the potential risks associated with preterm births including RSV.  Please consider sharing the infographic above because even if you haven’t been affected personally by a preterm birth or RSV chances are you know someone who has or will be in the future.  The scary truth is 13 million babies are born prematurely each year world wide and more than 1 million preemies have died this year alone from complications they faced from being born early.  And this isn’t limited to third world countries.  In fact prematurity rates in the United States are 12.2% – one of the highest rates in the world.  Even more alarming is that these rates have risen 36% in the past 25 years. 

So let’s do something about it!!  Share as much as you can.  I know I will be.

For more information please visit www.RSVProtection.com.

 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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6 Responses to November 17th is World Prematurity Day – Get Educated About Preemies & RSV Prevention!

  1. Janet W. says:

    RSV sounds like such a scary illness. Luckily neither one of my grandsons experienced it. I’m so glad you’re bringing awareness so people know more about it.

  2. megan s says:

    Your Blog is SO helpful to me right now!
    Being bless with my first EVER, I’m scared. Your Blog has eased many of my anxieties. I’ll continue to come back here too.

  3. Beth R says:

    We had rsv with my second and it is one of the scariest things we have ever experienced. Thank you for spreading awareness!

  4. Katherine says:

    I never knew this existed. Very interesting to learn about all there is going on in the world. We must continue to pray for all the preemies and their families.

  5. JR FrugalMom says:

    It sure does sound scary, and I am thankful that we have moms like you to help teach the rest of us. I am also grateful that we have not had any rsv scare, because we have had plenty of other health scares throughout the years.

  6. Amanda says:

    RSV is very scary and I’m glad you’re spreading the word so other moms will know what to look for and not brush off symptoms as just another cold.

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