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How long does a preemie stay in the icu?

How long does a preemie stay in the icu?

Depends: Depends how premature the baby is and what other complications arise. Some infants, even if they are premature do not require ICU stays. ...Read more

Dr. Cindy Juster
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Premature Baby (Definition)

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


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How much time can we spend with our preemie in the icu?

How much time can we spend with our preemie in the icu?

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

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Breathing spells and bradys . How long will last with a preemie baby ?

Breathing spells and bradys . How long will last with a preemie baby ?

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 more

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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?

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

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Nasogastric tube in preemie have long term effects?

Nasogastric tube in preemie have long term effects?

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

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My preemie has a long head, is there anyway to correct that once she leaves the hospital?

My preemie has a long head, is there anyway to correct that once she leaves the hospital?

Dont worry: Let him or her grow! Too early to judge ! Enjoy the baby without looking for abnormality! Pediatrician will advice if it is abnormal after get older ...Read more

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Can I ask my own preacher to come see my sick preemie?

Can I ask my own preacher to come see my sick preemie?

Yes: I would expect most to be happy to share this experience with you as you deal with the stresses involved. Most NICU's have visitor limitations but allow parents to designate a specific person to be an alternate. ...Read more

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Why do preemie's heartrates drop when they have reflux?

Why do preemie's heartrates drop when they have reflux?

See below: It is a neurological response where the vagus nerve (cranial nerve 10) is stimulated and the vagus nerve stimulates the lowering of the heart rate. ...Read more

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Should I insist on sitters taking cpr to care for my preemie?

Should I insist on sitters taking cpr to care for my preemie?

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