It’s Never Too Early #RSVawareness #PreemieProtection

 

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MedImmune and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own. 

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As many of you know, one of my greatest passions in life is raising public awareness of spina bifida and the challenges that affect people living with SB, as well as the accomplishments, talents, and abilities of these very people.

Along the way, I have become aware of so many other worthy causes, in particular other serious conditions and illnesses that also deserve awareness and publicity. It is in sharing information about these causes that I find great purpose.

November 17th is World Prematurity Day. (It’s actually the day after my birthday!)

With many wonderful awareness initiatives, walks, and fundraisers that now take place nationally, it’s awesome to see that much of the public is now more informed about the incidence of premature births.

What many don’t know about, however, is a disease that affects many premature babies– respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

It was the lack of awareness of spina bifida that encouraged me to begin writing this blog in the first place. And now, it’s the lack of awareness of RSV among parents that has compelled me to partner with MedImmune to share this vital, potentially life-saving, information. 

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RSV is a very common seasonal virus that affects nearly 100% of babies by the age of 2. 

Here are some fast facts about RSV and prematurity that  every parent needs to know: 

  • Each year worldwide, 13 million babies are born prematurely
  • 75% of parents don’t know the definition of prematurity (birth at or before 37 weeks gestation)
  •  Most pregnant women don’t ask their healthcare provider about the risk of delivering prematurely and the potential consequences of preterm birth for their child
  • Severe RSV disease is the leading cause of infant hospitalizations in the U.S., with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 infant deaths each year.
  • RSV season usually occurs from November through March for most of the U.S., but it varies regionally, and from year to year.

 

Most of the moms I’ve befriended or who befriend me on social media have a child with spina bifida. As pillars of strength and examples of grace and perseverance for their families, these women would do anything for their families, and it would break my heart to hear of one of their children falling ill with RSV, especially with everything else they already have to deal with because of spina bifida. 

This is why I feel it’s so important for me to share the symptoms and warning signs to look out for when diagnosing RSV. Parents, please be on high alert if your child exhibits any of these symptoms: 

  • Persistent coughing or wheezing
  • Bluish color around the lips, mouth, or fingernails
  •  Rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths
  • Fever (especially if it is over 100.4°F [rectal] in infants under 3 months of age)

There is no specific treatment for RSV disease, so prevention is your best bet. That being said, here are a few simple parents should take to help reduce the risk of your child getting RSV, particularly during high season, which is from November through March:

 

  • Understand the risk factors and ask your child’s pediatrician if your child may be at increased risk
  • Wash your hands and ask others to do the same
  • Keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean
  • Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season

 

Yes, this information may seem very overwhelming, and I’m sure that it’s nothing that parents want to even think about. But, as the tired old saying goes, “it’s better to be safe than sorry,” and by taking the proper precautions, parents, especially those whose children have other health issues, will have one less thing to worry about. 

And it’s never too early– or premature— to take good care of our children!

For more information and tips, you can visit www.RSVprotection.com.

 

Britax B-READY Brightens the Fabric of Child Safety

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive some compensation.

 

The first month of a new year generally ushers in the promise of great, significant changes. There’s an idealistic, staunch resolve to make the upcoming year better than the previous one.

The second month of a new year usually serves to prove the first month is a moot point, as a typical slacking-off ensues and the peak of enthusiasm and motivation of January eventually plummets and plateaus.

Not so for Britax, however. The child safety company has spent the start of 2013 hard at work on improving their products and making them better and more efficient.

 

A Britax B-READY stroller in Mossy Green, one of 3 new colors. 
 

To that end, Britax is also committed to making their products more fun, which is why they unveiled some new colors that their B-READY strollers are sporting this month. In addition to the colors that are already available, customers will also have three new shades of fabric to choose from:

  • Mossy Green (pictured above)
  • Slate Gray
  • Bright Copper

 

“Our fashion selection strategy involves more than just changing or mixing primary colors,” explains Michelle Davis, director of fashion design at BRITAX. “At BRITAX, we draw inspiration from fashion research, listen carefully to our customers, and then bring colors that appeal to a parent’s sense of style. Together, these three new colors complement our evolving, fashion-forward stroller line.”

But the “chic” strollers feature more than just a keen fashion sense. The B-READYs boast three key safety measures:

  • Foam-filled rubber tires
  • Four-point suspension
  • Can hold up to 55 pounds

These features will ensure that, whether it’s a 6-month-old or a mobile toddler that’s riding in their own set of wheels, baby will be cruising comfortably– and safely.

Perhaps safety is the one thing all parents can agree on, that never goes out of style.

 

–Laurita :)

 

**Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Britax (follow on Twitter) and I will be compensated. I am a member of the Britax Latina Advisory Board. All ideas and opinions are my own.


Get a FREE Baby Carrier When You Purchase a B-Agile Stroller

 For all you parents of young children, you’ll want to read on to find out about this great deal from Britax!

Until September 30th, when you buy a B-Agile Stroller, you will get a baby carrier FREE. Yep, I said the magic word! 

Get a FREE baby carrier with the purchase of the B-Agile stroller. Sweet deal, eh?

 

This innovative stroller is “Travel System compatible” with Britax car seats, as well as with other major car seat brands, when used with the Britax infant car seat adapter (sold separately). 

 

The three-wheel stroller is designed to improve steering and maneuverability, and when it comes to your little one’s comfort, the possibilities for reclining are endless! Plus, with the All-Wheel Suspension, your tot is guaranteed to have a smooth ride. 

Check out this entertaining video featuring the quirky members of Britax’s B-Ready Stroller Street Team! They took New York City by storm as they demonstrated the strollers to eager parents. One lucky dad was the winner of a stroller for his child! This is perhaps the best way to see these sets of wheels in action. 

 

 

So, parents, don’t wait too long to get this high-tech set of wheels for your child. You only have a week before this opportunity rolls on by. 

 

**Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Britax and I will be compensated. I am a member of the Britax Latina Advisory Board. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

Announcing the Winners of Our First BRITAX Giveaway!

For a week, moms of young children, as well as expectant moms, filled this blog with excitement– and comments! I want to thank each and everyone of you who entered our very first giveaway with Britax.

And so, without further ado, the envelope, please…

The lucky winner of Prize Pack 1, which includes the Head & Body Support Pillow as well as an EZ-Cling Window Shade, is….

 

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  Astrid Rivera!    And the winner of Prize Pack 2, which includes a Stroller Board and a Kick Mat, is…   a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Natalie Shmigelsky!

 

Congratulations to both winners! They will both be notified by E-mail today. Please be sure to respond to me with your shipping address so that Britax can send you your prizes. :)

Thanks again, and look forward to more giveaways– as well as more great content in general– on Holdin’ Out for a Hero.

 

Love,

Laurita ♥

Safe Travels for the Little Ones: Our First BRITAX Giveaway!

**Disclaimer: I did not  receive any compensation or products to write this post. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own. 

 

Remember back in April when I made the exciting announcement about my partnership with BRITAX USA along with a dynamic team of Latina bloggers?

Well, back then, I promised there would be giveaways— and today, I tell you, I won’t disappoint. 😉

 

As I explained in my previous post about this partnership, BRITAX is all about child safety, particularly when you’re on the go. (And anyone with young kids is most likely “on the go” quite often!)

Traveling with a kid (or several kids) in the backseat ain’t easy. Any parent can attest to the hours of careful planning and preparation it requires– what snacks to bring for the road, what toys they’ll take along for when they get fussy. Sometimes the wrong decision will find a parent scraping cereal off the roof of the minivan!

But indeed, the most critical decision any parent will make before hitting the road is how to keep their child safe and secure in the backseat. So, it is with much excitement and great anticipation that I’m sharing with you all that I’m giving away several items to two lucky winners that will hopefully help you all hit the road more smoothly– and safely.

Here’s a cool graphic that my friend, Mirna Arce, of Ahorros con Cupones, created to show off the awesome prizes! (For more information and detailed descriptions of these and other products, please visit the BRITAX USA Web site.)

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Image courtesy Mirna Arce of AhorrosConCupones.com

 

The Fabulous Prizes Packs:

Prize Pack 1:  

One (1) Head & Body Support Pillow                                                                                                          

One (1) EZ-Cling Window Shade              

 

Prize Pack 2:  

One (1)  Stroller Board

One (1) Kick Mat                                                      

 

And…you get to enter to win whichever prize pack you like/need the most! 

 

How to Enter: 

*Leave a comment below this post mentioning which prize pack you want to win the most (the “why” is optional!). Don’t forget to include your E-mail address to be notified if you win! This comment serves as your official entry for the giveaway.

 

Additional Entries: 

To get more chances to win, do any/all of the following as extra entries.

*”Like” Britax Los Lleva Seguros (“Britax takes you safely”) page on Facebook – 1 entry

*”Like” Holdin’ Out for a Hero on Facebook – 1 entry

*Follow @SafeConBritax on Twitter – 1 entry

*Follow me, @Laurita86, On Twitter – 1 entry

*Subscribe to Holdin’ Out via my RSS feed or by E-mail – 1 entry

*”Like” my other blog, Espresso con Leche, on Facebook – 1 entry

*Tweet the following: “Enter to #WIN 1 of 2 great prizes w/ @Laurita86 & @SafeConBritax:  http://wp.me/p1AfkV-3zF  #safety”  – 1 entry

 

**Make sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below for either giveaway after you complete each task (i.e., indicate that you left a comment, Tweeted, etc.).

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You must reside in one of the 50 United States in order to enter.

You can only enter to win ONE of the fabulous prize packs. Please select the one you would like to win the most . 

You must leave a comment and mention which prize pack you’d like to win to be entered into the giveaway (1 entry), and include your E-mail address in the comment. 

Each additional task you complete will earn you one (1) entry

The giveaway ends on Wednesday, June 13th at 11:59 p.m. Entries submitted after that date/time will not be counted.

Winners will be announced on Holdin’ Out for a Hero on Thursday, June 14th and will be notified via E-mail. 

 

Best of luck!!

♥ Laurita