More Premature Baby Tips
The day your
baby leaves the incubator and the intensive care; Mum or Dad, you have to understand
how frequently you should feed; what medicines should you give; and when should
you go back to the pediatrician with your preemies baby.
If you have any
problem you should know exactly who to contact. When your baby leaves intensive
care they may place her|him in intermediate care and there Mum or Dad, you will take
care of your baby with the orientation of doctors and nurses, before
going home. Don´t feel guilty for being worried or feeling nervous, the
parents of babies whom haven´t been in intensive care feel insecure about being
parents, so you also have a right to do so.
baby must meet the following criteria to be sent home.
Be on complete
breast and/or bottle feeds, taking in an adequate number of calories.
gaining weight on all breast or bottle feeds.
Be able to keep
his/her body temperature normal in an open craddle.
Not have any
apneas (pauses in breathing) causing slow heart rate (bradycardia) or change in
color. Some nurseries send babies home on apnea monitors if they are having
short self-limited apneas (no color change or severe bradycardias and not
needing stimulation to breathe again).
Most babies are
off oxygen when discharged, but some who will need oxygen for a long time
are sent home on oxygen.