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Will I be able to spend time with my preemie if she is in the nicu?

Will I be able to spend time with my preemie if she is in the nicu?

Yes: It's actually expected that you'll be interested in and involved with your baby. Most nicus encourage you to hold skin-to-skin (kangaroo care), feed, change diapers, etc. When appropriate. Many nicus have "private rooms" in which you can even spend the night, though parents should pace themselves and be sure to take appropriate breaks from the nicu for their own health/well-being. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Premature Baby (Definition)

A premature baby is a baby born before term, meaning the baby is born before finishing 38 weeks of pregnancy. The earlier a baby is born, the more problems a baby will have in trying to adapt to the environment outside the mother's uterus. Problems include: small size, lung problems, heart problems, bleeding in the brain, hearing ...Read more


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Can I breast-feed my premature baby in the nicu?

Can I breast-feed my premature baby in the nicu?

Typically: They will want you to pump and use your milk if the the child cannot be nursed. ...Read more

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My premature baby, born at 32 weeks and now 4 weeks old, has just come home from the nicu. We notice she stops breathing while burping.

My premature baby, born at 32 weeks and now 4 weeks old, has just come home from the nicu. We notice she stops breathing while burping.

Mgt/workup: Premature infants are developing their pattern of breathing, and it is not uncommon to have short pauses. If there is a pause longer than 15 seconds or any distress/color change, an apnea test can be useful in determining the cause. If there is a pattern during sleep, observe your daughter for pauses, and discuss with your PCP. Note any upper airway noise or movement of her arms/legs. ...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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How much time should I pump after feeding my preemie?

How much time should I pump after feeding my preemie?

10 minutes each: Pumping up to 10 minutes each breast is a good place to start. It really depends on how long your baby nurses. Pump until your breast feels empty, then pump the other side. Excessive pumping may make you sore. Pay attention to your body you don't fatigue yourself. ...Read more

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If I have twins in nicu, will they come home at the same time?

See below: That depends on their individual progress and problems. Discuss with nicu staff. ...Read more

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The pollution in preterm newborns is horrific- do we need to detox those in the nicu a long time?

The pollution in preterm newborns is horrific- do we need to detox those in the nicu a long time?

From What?????: Detox from what? Babies in nicu usually need the extra care in order to thrive. Their environmental exposure is , in many respects, worse at home and in the community.And further how would you safely "detox" these babies.Yes there are exposures in the nicu, but ultimately is much, much the lesser risk than not providing necessary care. ...Read more

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Twin A is IUGR at 3%tile. They set my csection for tmrw at 36w. Should I expect nicu time for her or any specific health prob due to her size (4.12)?

Twin A is IUGR at 3%tile. They set my csection for tmrw at 36w. Should I expect nicu time for her or any specific health prob due to her size (4.12)?

It all depends: If things go well, and breathing, feeding, and temperature maintenance are all stable, your little one may do well and discharge without NICU time. A 36 week IUGR twin doesn't necessarily require special measures. Bottom line: Please place your trust in the neonatologists and nursing staff! They want what's best for your babies and if something isn't quite right, will err on the side of caution. ...Read more