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World Prematurity Day is observed on November 17th each year to raise awareness of preterm birth, and the challenges preterm babies and their families face.
Unfortunately, I know several people (my Aunt, my sister, several friends, women in my pregnancy and Moms group) who have given birth to their babies prematurely. Some were born REALLY early, and others were born just a little too soon. Luckily, they all survived and are now thriving.
Being 24 weeks pregnant myself, premature birth is always something that’s in the back of my mind. It’s not something that can always be controlled, and could happen during any pregnancy, with little to no warning. It’s very scary to think about.
Premature babies and their families face a lot of challenges, even after they are finally able leave the hospital to go home. One of the biggest concerns is RSV. RSV is a common virus that almost all babies contract at some point before the age of two. RSV occurs in epidemics each year, typically from November through March, though it can vary by geography and year‐to‐year.
In babies that were born full term, RSV really isn’t too big of a concern, as it generally produces mild to moderate cold-like symptoms. RSV symptoms can be very severe in babies that were born prematurely, however, and may even require them to be hospitalized. In fact, RSV is responsible for approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 infant deaths each year.
It’s so very important for everyone to know the facts about RSV, to help keep it contained and reduce the spread to other children. It’s also good to know the early symptoms to watch out for, and also how to prevent it. Did you know 1/3 of mothers have never even heard of RSV?? Please take a few moments to read the info-graphic below and share it with all the parents you know!
Visit www.RSVprotection.com for more information, including:
• Tips on talking to your pediatrician about your child’s risk factors
• Data about the RSV season in your area
• Real stories of families’ experiences with RSV