I have never had a preemie baby, but my oldest while born at full term was only 5 pounds and was 17 3/4 inches long… teeny tiny! She came home in preemie diapers and wore preemie outfits for what seemed like forever and while she was full term and just tiny she felt so fragile, I could not imagine those parents who bring home that teeny tiny baby who was born early and not only is fragile but then has to worry about how being born early will affect them developmentally and physically.
One thing that I did worry about was RSV, with all three of my kids actually. They were all born in January and February and in Pennsylvania and New Jersey those months are super cold. I always bundled them up like crazy, where you could bearly tell it was a baby unless you saw their face and it was because I was terrified of them getting RSV. I had 2 friends who’s kids got RSV and it scared the beegeezes out of me. I may have been a bit over protective but better safe then sorry I feel.
RSV is something that preemie babies are very susceptible to and many people do not fully know the meaning of a preemie baby. I know most time you think of preemie as the babies born at 24 weeks and are super small, but any baby that is born before 37 weeks gestation is considered a preemie and is at risk for RSV.
Prevention Tips for RSV:
RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. Since there’s no treatment for RSV, parents should take the following preventive steps to help protect their child:
- Wash hands, toys, bedding, and play areas frequently
- Ensure you, your family, and any visitors in your home wash their hands or use hand sanitizer
- Avoid large crowds and people who are or have been sick
- Never let anyone smoke near your baby
- Speak with your child’s doctor if he or she may be at high risk for RSV, as a preventive therapy may be available
- Severe coughing, wheezing or rapid gasping breaths
- Blue color on the lips, mouth, or under the fingernails
- High fever and extreme fatigue
You can find more information about RSV and protecting your kids HERE
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