- RSV Season Has Begun
- Prematurity Awareness Month
- International Multiple Birth Awareness Week
- Adopt A Family – starting soon!
- Stories from the Heart blog
For otherwise healthy children, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) usually amounts to little more than a cold. However, for preemies and other at-risk infants (including multiple births), the health consequences can be much more serious. To avoid RSV:
- Have family members and caregivers wash their hands with warm water and soap before touching the babies
- Avoid being around the babies if you have a cold or fever
- Avoid exposing the babies to other children with cold symptoms
- Keep the babies away from crowded places
- Never smoke around the babies
- Talk to your babies’ primary care physician about RSV risks, and if your children are at risk, about medications available to prevent RSV complications.
- RSV resources on PreemieCare
- RSV Awareness Button for your blog
- The Importance of Hand Washing MOST blog article
Prematurity Awareness Month
This month is National Prematurity Month. If your babies are born before 37 weeks gestation, they are premature babies! The vast majority of higher-order multiple births are premature (twins too!) Caring for a premature baby can be stressful, caring for more than one can be very stressful! Here are some resources and information.
Growth charts for premature babies
Corrected (or adjusted) age vs actual age of babies
Find more information about HOM prematurity visit Stats & Facts
International Multiple Birth Awareness Week
What hints can you pass on to other parents to help their multiples be seen and treated as individuals?
Our friends at Multiple Birth Canada put together a great fact sheet about Encouraging Individuality – a fact sheet from Multiple Births Canada
Adopt a Family
This years families will be listed around Thanksgiving. More may be added so check back frequently. Please visit our webpage to find more information about this great program.
Each year we are touched by the wonderful people and organizations willing to give from their hearts to help these children have a happy holiday. We hope that you, your employer, or family and friends will consider adopting one of our families or donating to MOST so that we can continue supporting families year round.
Online Shopping to benefit you and MOST!
Make your shopping easier by buying online! At the same time you can help MOST. Lots of supplies, clothes and other items are available on Amazon.com. Or shop through iGive.com. There are many stores that will give a percentage of your purchase to MOST! Just by joining MOST will receive $5. And when you buy something, MOST receives another $5. You can sign in with facebook! Many stores participate including: Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, jcpenney, Macy’s and Staples.
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