Premmie Baby News – June 2011



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Welcome to the L’il Aussie Prems June 2011 Newsletter.

We have had a super busy month with creating our new website design. We are excited to see it online and love the new colour tones and all the gorgeous children featured. We will be updating the website with new photos every few months so keep an eye out for the announcement if you would like to see your prems featured. We hope you love the new website as much as we do!

We have reached an amazing 1,700 registered members on our forum this month. We are very excited to have reached this wonderful milestone. If you are a new member, please remember to introduce yourself and your precious family.

There have been many sick little ones who have been in and out of hospital this month. It has been a horrible start to winter. We are thinking of you all and hope that you get well very soon. We have an article in this months newsletter about RSV, the symptoms, how common it is and who is at risk. Kindly supplied by the National Premmie Foundation.

We would like to offer congratulations to our members and their children who celebrate their birthday in June. Jacob (FT), Kate, William (25w), Taylah (FT), Matthew (FT), Brianna (29w), Zac (FT), Penny, Konur (28wks), Shannon (FT), Kai (32wks), Chloe (26wks), Felix (31wks), Tristan (34wks), Mark, Paityn (32wks), Sophie (26wks), Nathan (33wks), Steve, Lachlan (35wks), Isobella (35wks), Savannah (38wks), Caroline, Nakita (33wks), Amelia (34wks) and everyone else celebrating their birthday this month, happy birthday! If you or your child’s birthday is not included but should be please reply to our birthday thread on the forum so we don’t miss it next year!

Our newsletter is packed with lots of exciting things this month including special offers, latest news links, Facebook page support, premmie of the month, our newest sponsor and more..

We hope you are having a great month!

Warmest Wishes,

LAP Team

(We are a proud member group of the National Premmie Foundation)

You can also view our newsletter online.

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Our Newest Sponsor

We are excited to welcome Your Cheeky Monkey as our newest sponsor.

Your Cheeky Monkey is an online store where you will find a super stylish and eco-friendly range of products for you and your new baby. Organic bamboo blankets and wraps, handmade burp cloths and bunny rugs, organic and bamboo rattles and teethers, cloth pads and breastpads, and bibs and nappy wallets. They stock the full range of Sophie the Giraffe products, Cuddledry Organic Towels, and specialise in a wide range of comforters for babies including Cuski and Save Our Sleep.

We thank them very much for their generous and continued support .

To celebrate their sponsorship Your Cheeky Monkey is offering free postage for orders over $35.00 with delivery across Australia. Enter voucher code “LAP” during check-out.

Valid until 30/6/2011

Visit www.yourcheekymonkey.com.au also join their Facebook page

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Article – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

What is Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)?

RSV is a very common virus that causes cold-like symptoms that can trigger chronic breathing difficulties if the lungs become involved

Who is at risk?

Babies born premature and those with a low birth weight. Also babies with a congenital heart disease; or chronic lung disease. While adults and healthy children can normally cope with the mild cold-like symptoms of an infection, at risk infants are at a high risk of being admitted into hospital. In babies who are born prematurely or who have lung or heart complications, RSV may cause life-threatening conditions requiring intensive care.

How common is RSV?

RSV is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children. Up to 90 per cent of bronchiolitis hospitalisations and up to 50 per cent of hospital admissions caused by winter pneumonia are caused by RSV. Diseases of the respiratory system account for the highest proportion of all admissions to hospital in children aged 1-14 years, according to the latest data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

What is the worst time of year to catch RSV?

The risk of catching an RSV infection in Australia is at its highest from May to October.

Click here to read further..

(Kindly supplied by the National Premmie Foundation)

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We Love Supporting

I Give A Buck! is the most innovative and exciting new children’s charity in Australia.

They help one child at a time, one dollar at a time. The secret is in the power of one – multiplied by thousands. They are a children’s charity like no other. They help kids who all suffer from a life-threatening or life-changing illness or condition.

The founder, Barb Blashki, has a vision is that many, many thousands of individuals continually unite to form a large, active and growing “social community” – and use their community spirit to create a significant social movement – determined to do all that it can to ensure that all children in Australia may live with dignity and good health and happiness, confident that they have every opportunity ahead of them.

All you need to do is give just $1, a buck, that’s it. A little from many is all it takes, to change kids’ lives. 100% of your donation goes to the kids.

Visit their website to view their current appeals.

Visit www.igiveabuck.org.au

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Featured Products

Pepi Designs was founded purely from a love of baby and children’s clothing and a passion to re-introduce natural fibers as a staple for every baby’s wardrobe. They have just released the first garments from the 2011 Preemie Range. More garments and sizes are to be added over the coming months, including a 100% Organic Cotton range and smaller sizing for babies under 2kg.

The Preemie Range was designed in mind of when baby is ready to go home, however the garments are more than suitable for hospital wear thanks to their soft velcro closures. The current range is made from Merino & Cotton, completely breathable & perfect for any season. Current sizes are suitable for babies weighing between 2-3kgs. They have an array of garments including a merino hat, sleeping gown, trackie pants and leggings. More designs are soon to be released including cross-over tops – both long and short sleeve, as well as dresses and rompers.

Pepi Designs provides all natural apparel for baby including merino, organic cotton and bamboo garments. They also have a new born – 2 year range which is a great follow on from the Preemie Range. Pepi garments are sustainable, breathable and luxuriously soft and perfect for your little ones delicate skin.

100% Australian designed and manufactured.

Visit www.pepidesigns.com

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Special Offers to Families

Below are special offers received from wonderful businesses to help premmie families of all ages. Further details are available on our website.

Offer #1Earlybirds provide beautiful premature and small baby clothes in Australia and are offering free postage for L’il Aussie Prem families. Just enter the promotional code “skippy-delivery” and receive free delivery across Australia

Offer #2Hire for Baby is Australia’s largest baby equipment hire service and they are giving families a special offer through our newsletter. You can hire a capsual for 8 months for only $99.00. The capsual fits babies up to 9kg & 70cms in length. This offer is strictly limited.

Visit our special offers page for links and further details.

Please let us know if you have a special offer you would like to give to families.

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Facebook Pages

Each month we will be featuring Facebook pages that offer support to families. These pages encompass many areas of support on parenting.

Heartfelt – “Heartfelt : giving the gift of photographic memories” is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia who have come together to form an organisation dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories.

Yasminah’s Gift Of Hope – YGOH Non-Profit Charity donate a unique Gift Of Hope© to families who experience pregnancy or infant loss and premature birth to help them create lasting memories and keepsakes of their time with their child to treasure forever

Charlie Bear’s Gift – Raising money for the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital. All funds raised will be going towards the neonatal wards (Neonatal intensive care & Special care) and milk bank they are in the process of setting up.

Our lil Fighters – Supporting families through the journey of premature birth.

Premmie’s Direct – A promotion page for all premature baby services available on Facebook.

Mater Miracles Australia – Prem miracles who are born at the Mater Hospital or just premmie.

Hospital Healing Hampers – Provides healing hampers to families in hospital.

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Premmie of the Month – June 2011

Name: Charlie

Where was Charlie born? Charlie was born at West Gippsland Hospital but transferred by the NETS to the Mercy NICU in Heidelberg just a few hours after his birth

What was his gestation? 33+1 weeks

What was his birth weight? 2045 grams

How old is he now? 11 months old

What do you remember most about his time in hospital? I mostly remember the uncertainty of everything. I remember feeling like I’d entered this whole new world that I’d never experienced before. I guess most parents don’t but it’s just not something a parent really thinks about. I remember feeling alone even though there were staff & other parents everywhere. It was all just so overwhelming. I do remember thinking how wonderful the NICU nurses were, they are amazing people. I remember feeling that Charlie was definitely in the right place & that if anything went wrong he would have the best possible care.

Does Charlie have any ongoing health issues?

Charlie does have quite a few ongoing health issues. He has a chromosome 15 deletion. Resulting in global delay & moderate intellectual disability. He also has a moderate hole in the collective chambers of his heart & hypospadias. His vision is low. He has poor muscle tone. Despite all of this, he’s a really happy little boy.

What has been your proudest moment since Charlie came home? My proudest moment since bringing Charlie home was when he first smiled at me. He was around 6 months old.

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