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Protecting Your Preemie from RSV

One of the greatest dangers to your preterm baby may be a preventable virus called RSV. RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization in all children fewer than 12 months of age. Premature infants are susceptible and vulnerable to this terrible virus and it is important for parents to take caution. Dr. Sarmistha Hauger, pediatric […]

Breastfeeding in the NICU: Advice from a Lactation Consultant

Lactation consultants understand first-hand how crucial breastfeeding is to premature babies. They also know the challenges mothers face and how much support is needed during this time for both mom and baby. We interviewed Kay Needles-Gregorio, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and NICU nurse at St. David’s Medical Center, to help identify some of […]

Preemies and Eye Health

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, which is fitting because this August is the one-year anniversary of my ex-27 week preemie, Theo, getting his glasses. Parents of preemies are all too familiar with eye exams. Babies born under three pounds or before 30 weeks are screened for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Preemies are also […]

Summer Safety for Your Preemie

by Priya Shankar and Veena Krishnan Disclaimer: This article is not meant to replace the advice of your personal physician. Summer has just begun and we’ve already been experiencing record-breaking heat. Children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat exposure. With more 100 degree days on the way, our job […]

Emerging from Isolation at the End of Cold, Flu & RSV Season

The days are getting longer and cherry blossoms and tulips are blooming. For most people these are signs of spring. If you’re a parent of a preemie, these aren’t just symbols of something new. These changes in nature signal the end of cold, flu and RSV season. We brought my son, Theo, home from his […]