Keeping my 34 week born preemie healthy during cold & flu/RSV season
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Stephanie - posted on 11/16/2008
My son is getting slight flu symptoms from his recent flu shot but our insurance refused to pay for synagix this year. Right now we're in the process of filling our 5th review of the claim with BCBS. If they refuse it again I'm going to have to pay out of pocket i\or just pull him out of daycare for the rest of the season. My fiance has the option to work from home so he's going to use it until Feb.
Erin - posted on 11/16/2008
my son was born at 23 weeks. We brought him home 4 months later in Dec. right in the middle of the RSV season. At that time, his older brother was 11 months old. Neither boys got colds. I kept visitors to a minimum and washed, washed, washed our hands. I also did not bring either son to day care, church nursery or play groups. In addition, remember to carry anti-bacterial wipes so you can wipe down shopping carts and your older sibling after a trip to the mall or play- group.
Susan - posted on 11/16/2008
My son was born at 35 weeks and we didn't get to take him home from the hospital not until 15 days later. I had our relatives plus kids (extended) visit a month after. Of course we made sure none of them were sick in the first place. We had a hand sanitizer in his nursery and had asked everyone to use it (properly, meaning they have to make sure they rub it all over their hands and let it dry) before holding our baby.
There was a time my husband got sick for a week and was still helping me take care of our baby but because he was diligent in using the sanitizer or washing his hands everytime he held, change diapers or feed our little one, our son never got sick. I believe that the key to minimize the spread of germs is proper handwashing:).
Sandy - posted on 11/16/2008
I just recovered from a head cold myself. My preemie boy, 7 weeks early and now 3 months old, seemed to escape it by sleeping through it. My visitors are sensitive enough to decline invites when they are sick, even grandma! For this winter at least, I will ask people with colds to stay away. Germs are everywhere so he's still exposed when we go out. His immunity gets ample opportunity to build and work outside the home.