Common Winter Illnesses

CPBF-FBPC has collaborated with Bliss, a charity for premature babies and families based in the United Kingdom, on this pamphlet for parents and friends of preemies. Please feel free to download and share this resource widely.

Common Winter Illnesses pamphlet |  Les Maladies Hivernales Courantes

For parents who’ve spent time with their babies in an NICU, winter illnesses are more than just annoyances. A cold, flu or respiratory infection can be a major setback for an infant born preterm.

If you are taking a baby home in the winter months, you may want to share information with your family and friends so that everyone understands why you are being careful.  In collaboration with parents, we have created a letter that you can download, share, and adapt for your purposes.

If you are the parent of a premature baby, you may hear about RSV (or respiratory syncytial virus).  It causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages, and it is a major cause of respiratory illness in all young children. It is a particular concern for preemies. Because of this, preemies and other at-risk infants receive injections throughout the RSV season, which is usually November to April.  These injections are not vaccines; they are antibodies which help protect babies from RSV.

In Canada, each province has different criteria for who receives these injections. Ask your child’s medical service providers if your child is eligible for shots after discharge from the NICU.