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When you first find out you are pregnant and get over the initial shock of impending motherhood, so many thoughts run through your mind and it is natural to fear the worst. Although most parents will be able to bring their babies home, some parents are not that lucky. Each year worldwide, 13 million babies are born prematurely, in the U.S. alone the rate of Prematurity is 12.2 percent, one of the highest in the world.
With World Prematurity Day coming up on November 17th, we are trying to spread the word to educate parents of preemies of the potential risk that their babies face and how to protect their preemie the best they can. RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a common seasonal virus that in healthy children causes no more than cold-like symptoms. In a preemie with underdeveloped lungs, RSV can be deadly.
Here are some facts about RSV:
- RSV typically occurs in epidemics during the months of November-March (though it may vary).
- RSV is the leading cause of hospitalizations in babies during their first year of life in the US, up to 400 infant deaths each year.
- RSV is responsible for 1 in 13 pediatrician visits in children under the age of 5.
- One Third of mothers have never heard of RSV.
Check the infographic below or click here for more facts about RSV.
As a mother to two preschool age little girls, I want to stress the importance of how to help minimize the spread of RSV. This particular virus is contagious and can be spread through coughing, sneezing, and touching. Here are some tips on how to prevent the spread of RSV:
- Wash your children's hands and ask others to do the same.
- Keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean.
- Avoid crowds and young children during peak RSV season.
- Never let anyone smoke around your children
- Stay away from people who are sick or have recently been sick.
I was one of those mothers that was unable to bring my baby home. I have chosen to take part in campaigns and fundraisers to help raise awareness to prevent premature birth in my son's name. It's easy to spread the word and raise awareness, you never know who you are educating and who's life you may be saving. So share the info!