Today is World Preemie Awareness Day so I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you about the birth of my now seven year old quadruplets. No known set of quadruplets have ever been born at full term so we knew pretty early on that we would be having preemie babies and we took every precaution we could and listened to all of the doctors orders. I was taking a large handful of specific vitamins every day and I spent nearly six months on bed rest. I was also very lucky to have a supportive husband, mom and mother-in-law who all pitched in to take care of me and our 15 month old son, plus I have the most understanding boss in the world (I’m self-employed!).
Not everyone is as lucky as we were to know in advance and have time to prepare and educate themselves about how to care for preemies and their issues. Have you ever heard of respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus, otherwise known as RSV disease? I hadn’t. I didn’t know that nearly 100% of babies will contract RSV before they reach two years old. I also didn’t know that while most kids will recover in a week or two, premature babies or infants with heart or lung problems are prone to suffering from serious lung infections and hospitalization. There were a number of kids in the ward with RSV while our babies were in NICU and it was very frightening to learn there is no treatment for RSV disease so prevention is critical.
The infographic above has lots of interesting tidbits about what RSV is and how you can prevent it, you can click the image for a larger view or visit RSVProtection.com for lots more interesting information about how to protect your family and loved ones.