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How Long Does A Preemie Stay In The Icu
Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more
As much as you can.: Most nicu´s allow parents to stay with their babies as much as they can. Most have posted hours and require you to leave when shifts change or rounds are being made. ...Read more
34 weeks: Every baby is different, but most stop having apnea and bradycardia events (stopping breathing and low heart rates) around 34 weeks corrected gestational age, however sometimes this can be delayed. Gastric reflux can contribute to continued bradycardia and desaturations beyond this point. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My son just turned 9 mos old and only weighs 16 lb, 26 in long.He was a 1 mo preemie. Do I need to beef up his diet?
Ask his pediatrician: You need to check with his pediatrician to see if he is following his growth curve appropriately, as well as what if any supplement is needed, and if any other testing needs to be done. ...Read more
Generally no: In preemies, an ng tube may be used to drain secretions out of the stomach, or for feeding until the baby is old enough to learn to swallow. These tiny tubes rarely cause injury or problems, and feeding directly into the gut is very important in helping grow well and prevent serious complications such as necrotizing enterocolitis. Tubes can look scary, but nicu care today is very gentle & advanced. ...Read more
Good idea: That's a good idea. That way they can save the baby with infant CPR until ems arrives. It's a short course and a good idea for everyone to know - infant, child, and adult cpr. ...Read more
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