World Prematurity Day is November 17th

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When my quadruplets were born nine years ago they were eight weeks premature. The two girls spent two weeks in NICU and the boys spent four weeks in NICU before we could bring them home. They always take pictures of new babies at the hospital but they waited to take this one until the babies were just about ready to go home so they didn’t have all sorts of tubes sticking out of them anymore. It was a pretty scary time for us and we spent that first month visiting the hospital several times each day and scrubbing up thoroughly before we were allowed in to see the kids.

There were several children on the same floor who were hospitalized for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common seasonal virus, contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, that typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies. Preterm infants, however, are born with undeveloped lungs and immature immune systems that put them at heightened risk for developing severe RSV disease, often requiring hospitalization.

I didn’t realize that 13 million babies are born prematurely each year around the world, and more than one million preemies have died just this year from the serious health challenges they face. I had never even heard of RSV before having the quads and it scared us a great deal. We made sure to make all visitors aware of the potential for them to get RSV and instructed them on the proper precautions for handling the babies. We were thrilled that people wanted to see them and believe me, more than happy to hand them over for a few minutes to friends and family who wanted to help out with feeding and changing them, but we also had to insist that people take care with our precious bundles.

In honor of World Prematurity Day November 17th I wanted to bring you this information and share the infographic below:

Download the PDF file .

 

World Prematurity Day is November 17th

Disclosure – 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.”

quads_baby_pic.jpg

When my quadruplets were born eight years ago they were eight weeks premature. The two girls spent two weeks in NICU and the boys spent four weeks in NICU before we could bring them home. They usually take pictures of babies at the hospital but they waited to take this one until the babies were just about ready to go home and didn’t have all sorts of tubes sticking out of them anymore. It was a pretty scary time for us and we spent that first month visiting the hospital several times each day and scrubbing up thoroughly before we were allowed in to see the kids.

I didn’t realize that 13 million babies are born prematurely each year around the world, and more than one million preemies have died just this year from the serious health challenges they face.

There were several babies in the hospital while we were there with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common seasonal virus, contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, that typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies. Preterm infants, however, are born with undeveloped lungs and immature immune systems that put them at heightened risk for developing severe RSV disease, often requiring hospitalization.

I had never heard of RSV disease before having premature  babies and we had a bit of a struggle getting visitors to understand that we weren’t just being overprotective parents when we asked people to take extra precautions before handling the babies. We were thrilled that people wanted to see them and believe me, more than happy to hand them over for a few minutes to friends and family who wanted to help out with feeding and changing them, but we also had to insist that people take proper precautions with our precious bundles.

In honor of World Prematurity Day November 17th I wanted to bring you this information and share the infographic below:

Download (PDF, Unknown)

 

It’s World Preemie Awareness Day!

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.

RSV Infographic

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.

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.