My last post was about the start of cold/flu/RSV season. Since then, Little Miss Minion has been fighting off a cold that has turned into a sinus infection. Lovely. We took her to the pediatrician yesterday and they gave her some antibiotics to help clear the sinus infection that might turn into an ear infection. The average kid should be getting better by now, with as long as she’s had this, but since she’s a preemie, it takes her a little longer to fight things like this, especially given her weakened lungs.
We did get some new stats on her though! She is 17 months old, 14 months adjusted, and weighs 19 pounds 8 ounces! We are almost at 20 pounds, ladies and gents!
In other news, we got her orthotics and new shoes for her, since she’s in the big kid class at daycare. I also scored an entire winter wardrobe for her over the weekend for about forty bucks. She’s in 9 month clothes now, so I bought 9 months and 12 months. The organization that holds the sale has several a year, and the next one is in the spring. I’ll take stock of where she is then, in terms of sizing. One thing is for sure: we definitely get our money’s worth out of clothes for her! Growing out of a size every week? Psssh, not with a preemie in the house! I guess when she’s like 80 and looks 40, she won’t mind as much lol.
It’s October, and you know what that means! Cooler temps, pumpkin spice everything, and the onset of cold/flu/RSV season! If you haven’t scheduled your yearly flu shot, you really should, especially if you have contact with young children or the elderly. Herd immunity is so important to protect our most vulnerable populations. As you should know if you are a reader of this blog, preemies in particular are incredibly susceptible to illness, but especially RSV. Most babies get RSV by the time they are two years old and it manifests as a bad cold. Not so for preemies. RSV can cause pneumonia, bronchiolitis, even death.
This year will be Little Miss Minion’s second Cold/flu/RSV season, and her first without the monthly Synagis shots. In case you’ve forgotten, Synagis is a shot of antibodies given to the most vulnerable preemies to try and boost their immune systems to fight off RSV. LMM doesn’t qualify for the shots anymore, so she will be facing this season on her own. That means that the Minion household will be extra vigilant about germs–not that we aren’t already.
This concludes my annual plea to get yourself and your family a flu shot this year. Help protect babies like Little Miss Minion, who can get severely ill from something as simple as the flu. Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands. Cover your mouth when you cough. Keep your germs to yourself!