This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and MedImmune.
I recently posted about a friend of mine having her baby four weeks early and what she went through the few weeks that her baby was in the hospital. So when I found out that World Prematurity Day is November 17th this year, I welcomed the opportunity to team up with Latina Bloggers Connect and MedImmune to bring awareness to a disease that poses a threat to preemies.
Here are some facts about preemies.
Each year worldwide, 13 million babies are born prematurely, and more than one million preemies have died just this year from the serious health challenges they face.
The current rate of prematurity in the United States is 12.2 percent—one of the highest rates of preterm birth in the world. Even more alarming is that the rates have risen by 36 percent over the last 25 years.
Despite these overwhelming numbers, many parents still aren’t aware of the risks of being born too soon—the leading cause of neonatal death. In fact, a recent survey found that 75 percent of parents don’t know the definition of prematurity (birth at or before 37 weeks gestation), and during prenatal care, most pregnant women don’t ask their healthcare provider about the risk of delivering prematurely and the potential consequences of preterm birth for their child.
Being born premature disrupts the baby’s normal development in the womb and sometimes stunts the growth of critical organs. Preemies are also susceptible to infections and illnesses that other babies are not. As we head into the winter months, it’s so important to bring awareness to this seasonal virus that poses a threat to all babies, especially preemies.
RSV: A Risk to Preemies
RSV occurs in epidemics each year, typically from November through March, though it can vary by geography and year-to-year.
Despite being so common, many parents aren’t aware of RSV; in fact, one-third of mothers have never heard of the virus.
Most of you know that I have a 4 month old little girl, and although she wasn’t a preemie, it’s still good to know the symptoms and ways to protect her from the virus.
For symptoms of RSV and ways on how you can protect your baby from RSV, check out this updated post.
For more information on RSV and ways to prevent it, visit RSVProtection.com. There is even a tool on the site to check to see if your child could be at risk.