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Common infectious illnesses

All adults, children and babies experience illnesses. We become protected from infections by either catching them or through vaccination. Babies and young children get more colds than adults as their resistance to infections builds up over time. For babies born premature or sick, the risk of complications can be higher.

“When Leo came home, I felt he was so vulnerable that I didn’t want to leave the house. This made me feel very isolated. I spoke to other mums and they said they felt the same at first, but, by taking sensible precautions it was possible to start taking small trips out. Gradually, I began to feel that Leo was less fragile. We all want to protect our children but we need to find the right balance too.” 

Mum to Leo, born 28 weeks

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