From little things,
BIG THINGS GROW
The National Premmie Foundation announces the 3rd Annual National Premmie Day with celebrations occurring Australia wide for the births of our smallest and most vulnerable newborns.
Each year approximately 21,000 newborns are admitted to Special Care Nurseries and Intensive Care units across Australia. July 31 2009 is the day to celebrate with our Little Aussie Battlers – our premature or seriously ill infants as well as remember those special babies who did not survive their journey.
The day coincides with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) season, a common virus that causes cold like symptoms. For prematurely born and seriously ill infants, RSV is a serious health threat often resulting in re-hospitalisation or forced isolation for families. By the age of 2 nearly all children will have been infected with RSV at least once and we want to make all parents and the general community aware of the signs, symptoms and preventative measures for RSV.
The National Premmie Foundation invites parents of premature and sick newborns to hold a National Premmie Day event in their local community. Support and information for families, carers and health professionals is available at www.prembaby.org.au or by calling 1300 PREMBABY (1300 773 622)