As They Grow: National Prematurity Awareness Month

Pediatric Interactions is an LLC partner.  This post is part of their partnership with Little Lake County. Written by Clinical Director and Speech-Language Pathologist, Sarah Rosten; all thoughts and opinions belong to her.   

As they grow

Mom was having a normal pregnancy and at a scheduled check-up had high levels of protein and was admitted to the hospital at 30 weeks (almost 7-months pregnant.) The family didn’t expect it, but then planned on staying in hospital for 4-6 more weeks when the baby could be born. But the baby had other plans and was born Christmas Eve at 31 weeks, weighing just over 3 pounds. Fortunately, she survived and continued to develop, as premature birth is a leading cause of death among babies (statistics obtained from March of Dimes and prnewswire.com.)

Photo Source: Pediatric Interactions
Photo Source: Pediatric Interactions

When babies are born premature, they basically should have been in the womb longer to develop and grow. Therefore, a child’s birth weight is often a risk factor for developmental delays. Many children require therapies and other supports. There are a lot of resources available at prematurity.org.

Image Source: World Prematurity Day on Facebook
Image Source: World Prematurity Day on Facebook

Promote National Prematurity Awareness month by wearing Purple this November. The March of Dimes is encouraging celebrities, landmarks and businesses to “Light Up Purple” in recognition. November 17 will be recognized around the globe as the 5th annual World Prematurity Day (WPD).  Go to World Prematurity Day on Facebook and share your preemie’s story and videos.

Photo Source: Pediatric Interactions lights up purple for World Prematurity Day
Photo Source: Pediatric Interactions lights up purple for World Prematurity Day

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For more information on available workshops, classes, and programs that nurture your child’s development, please visit WeeBits online , email info[at]weebitsforfamilies[dot]org or call (224) 360-2542


Pediatric Interactions is a Speech and Language Clinic located in Grayslake and McHenry that supports independence and self-esteem using creative therapy approaches. Pediatric Interventions provides FREE developmental screenings, individual and group therapy, classes, workshops and other resources to help children better communicate.

WeeBits is a non-profit organization bringing awareness and guidance to those families with infants/toddlers who fall outside the boundaries of existing child developmental programs. 

 

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When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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