RSV Awareness & World Prematurity Day #Spon #PreemieProtection
11/16/2014 – 12:21 pm | 2 Comments

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MedImmune and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, November 17th is World Prematurity Day and the beginning of RSV season. Tomorrow is a …

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RSV Awareness & World Prematurity Day #Spon #PreemieProtection
11/16/2014 – 12:21 pm | 2 Comments

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MedImmune and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, November 17th is World Prematurity Day and the beginning of RSV season. Tomorrow is a day that raises awareness of premature births and it’s a great time to educate the public of RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). 

This day of awareness is also close to my heart because I am a proud Preemie MommyI gave birth to a baby girl 7 years ago and she was born at 30 weeks, just barely weighing 3lbs.  I suffered from preeclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure) and I never had the full experience of carrying a baby to full term.

At 28 1/2 weeks pregnant I exhibited signs of an elevated blood pressure and I was quickly whisked away to the hospital for 24 hour observation. By the next day I was told I was not going home but instead I would be staying in the hospital for the remainder of my pregnancy – 10 weeks on bed rest. Of course I was in a panic worrying about my baby inside me, my 4 year old son and of course my husband. I could not believe this was happening again and so soon. I needed to do everything in my power to keep her inside me.

With preeclampsia an expectant mother’s symptoms could get worse quickly and for me it did. My daughter came into this world only one week after I was admitted. We never made it to full term. My heart ached with worry knowing what might be ahead for her and would she be strong enough to get through it all. She spent 41 days in the ICN (Intensive Care Neonatal unit) until she  was ready to come home. In those 41 days I watched how wires and tubes monitored her every move and breath. Machines constantly beeped and nurses lovingly cared for my baby. My husband and I spent endless days and nights holding her, singing to her, feeding her and telling her that she would be home soon.

When the day finally arrived for her to go home I suddenly realized her journey was not over yet. We were informed that being a preemie brought on other challenges in the first 2 years of her life and we needed to be extremely cautious with her. Her immune system and lungs were not as strong as a full term baby and it could be compromised from all the germs she could be exposed to. For the first 2 years of her life from November to March my daughter received RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) shots. These shots were so neccessary to have and protect my preemie from the potential risk of RSV. RSV does not only affect preemies but also full term babies can be exposed.  Educate yourself and learn everything there is to know about RSV.

What is RSV?

  • RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is a common seasonal virus, contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, and typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies.
  • RSV occurs in epidemics each year, typically from November through March, though it can vary by geography and year-to-year.
  • RSV disease is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of life in the United States, with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 infant deaths each year.
  • Despite being so common, many parents aren’t aware of RSV; in fact, one-third of mothers have never heard of the virus.

Why Are Preemies At Higher Risk for RSV?

While every baby is at risk of contracting RSV, babies born prematurely are at increased risk for developing severe RSV disease. In fact, preterm infants are twice as likely as full-term infants to be admitted to the hospital for RSV-related symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms of Severe RSV Disease?

  • Contact your child’s pediatrician immediately if your child exhibits one or more of the following:
  • Persistent coughing or wheezing
  • Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
  • Rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths
  • Fever (especially if it is over 100.4°F [rectal] in infants under 3 months of age)

How Can I Help Protect My Baby From RSV?

  • RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. Additionally, the virus can live on the skin and surfaces for hours. There is no treatment for RSV disease once it’s contracted, so prevention is critical. To help minimize the spread of RSV disease, all parents should:
  • Wash their hands and ask others to do the same
  • Keep toys, clothes, blanket and sheets clean
  • Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season
  • Never let anyone smoke around your baby
  • Steer clear of people who are sick or who have recently been sick

Speak to your child’s pediatrician to determine if your baby is at high risk for RSV disease, and if so, what additional steps may be recommended. For more information about RSV and prevention, visit www.RSVprotection.com.

Wear Purple in Support of World Prematurity Day! and share with your family and friends how you can prevent a child from RSV. 

♥ Mami Daphne

Marvel Universe Live! Family 4 Pack Ticket Giveaway #Charlotte
11/10/2014 – 11:38 pm | 2 Comments
Marvel Universe Live! Family 4 Pack Ticket Giveaway #Charlotte

 

Get ready Charlotte, NC for another spectacular family show at the Time Warner Cable Arena! Marvel Universe Live! presented by Feld Entertainment is coming to town this weekend November 14th – 16th 2014.
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Join Us for the Holiday #DesafioDeBuddy Discovery Familia Twitter Party
11/06/2014 – 8:30 am | No Comment
Join Us for the Holiday #DesafioDeBuddy Discovery Familia Twitter Party

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Discovery Familia and Latina Mom Bloggers.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.
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Acceso Total’s Artist Of The Month, Luis Coronel, Is Music To My Ears! #LuisCoronelWMAT #Giveaway #Spon
10/30/2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment
Acceso Total’s Artist Of The Month, Luis Coronel, Is Music To My Ears! #LuisCoronelWMAT #Giveaway #Spon

Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration with Walmart Acceso Total.  All opinions are 100% my own.

There is nothing that speaks to me more than music.  It has always played an important role in my life.  I …

Give Your Little One’s Skin the Best This Winter With Dreft! #Giveaway
10/29/2014 – 7:46 pm | 19 Comments
Give Your Little One’s Skin the Best This Winter With Dreft! #Giveaway

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Dreft.  All opinions are 100% mine.

When I had my son both my older sisters were already mothers and were usually ready to answer my worried, frantic …

Join Us for the Dreft Prepping Your Family for Winter Twitter Party #DreftHypo
10/24/2014 – 8:15 am | No Comment
Join Us for the Dreft Prepping Your Family for Winter Twitter Party #DreftHypo

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Dreft and Latina Mom Bloggers.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.
With Daylight Savings Time right around the corner, so too is the looming winter season. And as …