Every Year, 17th November is observed as World Prematurity Day. The day aims to raise awareness about the care of premature babies. This day is observed with the aim of making people aware of the problems parents have to face in taking care of a prematurely born baby. Let us tell you, in the United States alone, about 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year. So, raising awareness about caring for Premature Baby is very important.
World Prematurity Day 2021 Theme
This year’s (2021) Theme of World Prematurity Day is “Together for babies born too soon – Caring for the future“.
History, and Significance
For the very first time, World Prematurity Day was celebrated on 17 November 2011.
Babies born prematurely have to face more problems than normal babies, such as difficulty in breathing due to immature lungs and brain. A long pause in the process of breathing is called apnea, which is caused by an immature brain. Premature baby’s reflexes are weak for sucking and swallowing which makes it difficult for them to get their food.
All the organs of such a child are not developed and their immune system is also very weak. Even the slightest carelessness in the care of premature newborn babies can be dangerous for their life. They are so fragile, weak, that even their organs are not developed properly, in such a situation it is necessary to keep them under the care of a proper doctor. Preterm babies stay in the hospital under the supervision of a doctor for several days. Even after coming home, the care of such a child should be done with great care and keeping in mind the cleanliness.