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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Raising Awareness for RSV! Let's Protect the Preemies!

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with AstraZeneca and DiMe MediaHowever, all opinions expressed are my own.

Every time I see a pregnant woman, I reminisce on being pregnant with Adrian and how fortunate I was that he born full-term. Not everyone is so lucky. Lots of babies are born premature (at or before 37 weeks gestation) and that can bring on a lot of complications. These tiny little humans make their entries into the world a little or a lot earlier than expected and require extra care from catching any type of virus, especially seasonal viruses like RSV.

If you are like me and hadn't heard of RSV before, RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. This seasonal virus that causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms, but can cause serious infections in babies, especially premature babies. Each year, worldwide, 13 million babies are born prematurely. That's 13 million babies that can get this horrible virus and because their bodies are still developing, catching RSV can be deadly.  

Tips to protect your premature baby from RSV. #RSVAwareness #PreemieProtection #ad

So why am I writing about preemies and RSV? I am writing about this to raise awareness. I'm sure you have a daughter, sister, family member or friend that is either pregnant or may have had a preemie. I know I do and I want to make sure they know about all the complications that can come with early delivery. I know premature delivery is usually an emergency situation but knowledge is power. The more you know, the more you can protect your babies and they can grow up to be happy children!

1. Have everyone wash their hands with warm water and soap before touching your baby.
2. Keep your baby away from crowded areas where he or she could come in contact with sick people.
3. Wash toys, blankets and sheets often, especially if there are siblings with a cold. 
4. If our baby has siblings with a cold, limit contact as much as you possibly can. 

Tell all your friends about RSV, pin the infographic above, share on social media and check out for more information! Let's come together and raise awareness for this terrible virus and let's protect the preemies!


  1. I have known a few babies affected by this. Thanks for raising awareness.

  2. It's great that you're raising awareness of this. We need to protect these babies.

  3. This is such important information to know. I was lucky too with my 3 girls and everyone made it to 39 weeks. :)

  4. Having a preemie must be so scary! It is great to raise awareness about the issues that these babies can face.

  5. I was so blessed that my son didn't suffer from this as a premie. It is a scary thing. Thank you for the information for future moms.

  6. That infographic is really helpful. I can see how spreading awareness about prevention methods will help lots of parents.

  7. This is such a great cause, I hope they continue to do this to raise awareness.

  8. My friends baby just contracted RSV and has been hospitalized for 12 days. Baby is doing better but it was scary for a while there

  9. This post is really REALLY important this time of year. With so many people sick we seem to think only of ourselves and not about the most vulnerable. My son was classified as a "preemie" being born at 36 weeks so I remember how frightening those first few months could be. I was always after people to wash their hands! Sharing this post!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this information. I didn't deal with RSV but definitely struggled with pregnancies and if this helps even one family - it will be awesome.

  11. This can be really scary and it is important to know about it and take care of it and prevent it. 3 of my 4 kids were born in the fall/winter months so I know about this for sure since they were all at risk for RSV. Thanks for sharing!



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