Bringing Awareness for RSV – Do You Know the Risks? (#RSVAwareness #sponsored #MC)

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When I found out I was pregnant with Princess Nagger almost 11 years ago (sheesh where does the time go?!), I knew one of the biggest risks she faced was premature delivery. Because of my brush with cervical cancer many years prior, subsequent medical maladies and miscarriages, it was definitely cause for worry.

I was considered ‘high risk’ because of my medical history and my age at the time, so I had to subject myself to extra poking and prodding and twice the number of visits to my doctor to keep an eye on things.  Luckily Princess Nagger arrived safe and sound and very healthy:

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My cousin delivered her second child a month early – since his lungs hadn’t fully formed before he arrived on the scene, he had to spend some time in the NICU before getting to go home.  Even then, he spent the first year of his life attached to an oxygen tank.  Though he was unable to participate in certain sports and activities, he did grow up happy and healthy.

13 million premature are born worldwide each year, many with serious health challenges.  Over 1 million preemies have died from complications this year alone.  So sad!

With cold and flu season coming up (and already here in our household), it’s important to spread awareness of the potential risks of preterm births, and ways for parents to help protect their babies. 

November 17th is , so it’s the perfect time to remind parents of preemies of the risks associated with .

RSV (respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus) is a contagious viral that may infect a person’s lungs and breathing passages.  It affects nearly all babies under the age of 2, and preterm infants are understandably at far higher risk of serious complications from RSV, due to their underdeveloped lungs and immune systems.

It’s the leading cause for hospitalization of babies under 1 year, and about 400 babies die from RSV every year.  RSV can be fatal for preterm infants, so has come up with an infographic to help parents determine whether their baby is at risk for RSV, how to reduce the risk of contracting RSV and how to recognize the symptoms.

RSV-Infographic

To learn more about RSV and how you can prevent it, visit RSVProtection.


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Note: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting () for MedImmune. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. As usual, all opinions are my own and not influenced by outside sources. See my disclosure policy here.

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About StacyUncorked

After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Stacy was surprised when Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance - deciding to forgo the career and stay home was a no-brainer. As if her hands weren't full enough, 8 years later she and her husband added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension (of crazy) to their family and even more sleepless nights. When she’s not refereeing kids, dogs and cats, she loves to write, hence the reason she decided to start her little blog, and because she never got a baby book to mark milestones, this was the next best thing. She also enjoys doing reviews and giveaways for products she or her family would willingly use and can stand behind. She loves to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, she takes on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. Her favorite, of course, is making her award winning wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway.
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2 thoughts on “Bringing Awareness for RSV – Do You Know the Risks? (#RSVAwareness #sponsored #MC)

  1. Hey Stacy, thanks for the eye-opening post. Children are the gift of God and it is our duty to make sure they’re given proper care. We, parents should be aware of the various dangers they may encounter and thus be vigilant.

    Thanks for the infographic. I personally don’t know babies with RSV but I’ve heard quite about it! Thanks again.