RSV Prevention and Awareness Premature Birth: Our Guy Is Now 4
We had our own up close and very scary experience with premature birth on November 14, 2008. Bracston Jay was born at 31 weeks. No lung function, a hole in his heart, heart murmurs .. Well, you can see from the photo that it was not quite the joyous occasion having a new baby should have been. It was filled with fear, NICU ‘noises’, tubes, and medical terminology new parents should never have to hear. And a whole roller coaster of emotions. Ups and downs that everyone who experiences a premature birth goes through but is never prepared for. Going home after many months in the NICU, we assumed we were in the clear.
Premature Birth and RSV
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is a common and easily spread virus that affects thousands of babies and young children each year. According to the CDC
“RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children under 1 year of age in the United States. Each year, 75,000 to 125,000 children in this age group are hospitalized due to an RSV infection. Almost all children are infected with the virus by their second birthday, but only a small percentage develops severe disease.”
Premature birth and children less than 2 years of age with congenital heart, chronic lung disease, as well as children with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk. For most children, RSV only causes moderate to severe cold like symptoms. However, for preemies, RSV can be a very serious problem because of underdeveloped lungs. One of the things we had to be hyper-vigilant about once we were home. ‘Please don’t touch the baby’ is a hard thing to ask of friends and family, but necessary. ‘Please wash your hands before holding the baby’ again, don’t be embarrassed! Make sure those hands holding your little one are clean and germ free! Check out the infographic below for facts and tips on RSV.
Every year 13 million babies fall under the term ‘premature birth‘ worldwide. Approximately one million of these babies don’t survive. And sadly many will also face lifelong, serious health and mental issues. Today, we are honoring Premature Awareness Day by sharing this RSV Prevention information.
We are very grateful and appreciate just how lucky we are that today, Bracston is a happy, healthy 4 year. Please visit RSVProtection.com for more information about RSV Prevention.