Prematurity Awareness Day

Did you know that November 17 is World Prematurity Awareness Day?

About 8% of babies born in Canada arrive too soon. The rate of premature births has increased by 23 % since the beginning of the 90s.1

Premature infants face increased health risks.

Be a part of the solution by bringing awareness of prematurity to Canadians!

Spread the word and celebrate this special day dedicated to improving the lives of premature babies.

1. http://www.cihi.ca/cihi-ext-portal/internet/fr/document/types+of+care/hospital+care/acute+care/release_29jan09

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RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. RSV is a very common virus in infancy and early childhood. In many babies, RSV causes a mild cold. But in certain cases, most often in premature babies (preemies) and in babies with certain lung conditions or congenital heart disease, RSV can cause an infection of the lungs. When this happens babies can then become very sick.

 
 
 
 
 

Most babies catch RSV infection before they are two or three years old. What is it and how may it affect your baby? Find out more.
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Tips on how to reduce your baby's risk of catching RSV infection. Find out more
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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