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:
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 babies 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 World Prematurity Day, so it’s the perfect time to remind parents of preemies of the risks associated with RSV.
RSV (respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus) is a contagious viral disease 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 MedImmune 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.
To learn more about RSV and how you can prevent it, visit RSVProtection.
Note: 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. As usual, all opinions are my own and not influenced by outside sources. See my disclosure policy here.