Having weathered the storm of a premature birth and possible complications, the moment of going home is an exciting and well-awaited one for the parents. For the child it is now time to leave the sterile environs of the NICU and step out into the open for the first time. The excitement is palpable but caution is advisable. Given that the child will be exposed to a lot of unforeseen conditions outside, its better to understand each of these factors before you drive home.
Doctors at Rainbow Hospitals will be constantly in touch with you to help you give a sense of the time that is best to start thinking of going back home. Time at the hospital can be stressful and therefore parents welcome the thought of going home but in the interim they might be anxious & nervous. Doctors will have to be completely sure about the stability of the child’s health and that alone is the primary factor in deciding the appropriate date for allowing you to go home.
The team at Rainbow Hospitals will look to understand your state of mind and preparedness to handle the health of the baby.
a. Multiple Babies
In case of multiple babies it is possible that one of them makes a quicker recovery than the other is ready to go home earlier than the others. Depending on various factors it is possible for one of them to leave the hospital early or in certain other conditions keep them both in the hospital and allow them to leave together.
b. Length of Hospital Stay
The length of your baby’s hospital stay is completely dependent on the progress he or she is making. A regular growth pattern must be evidenced as well as the vital signs should be normal and there should be no immediate or pertinent threat to recurrence of the problems for the child to be allowed to go home.
c. Growth of the Baby at Home
A child whether premature or normal born, will grow as per the normal timescale. Certain variances are normal and parents need not worry unduly about the growth of a premature baby. With adequate nutrition, appropriate care and timely attention to emerging medical conditions will ensure that your baby grows as normal as any.
As the D-Day arrives and you are ready to go home, it’s a day filled with excitement and anticipation. The worries of the hospital stay can now be put behind and you can look forward to spending time with your child in the comfort of your own home. In most cases, parents will receive an advance notice from Hospital on the date of remission from the hospital. It is good to start preparing in advance and not leave things to the last minute.
Prior to stepping out of the neonatal ward, it is good to prepare for yourself a checklist of things do, such that you don’t miss out on something important. This checklist is to ensure that you are able to take adequate care of your child while he or she is under your care at your home.
The staff at Rainbow Hospitals will be happy to extend to your all the possible help and support that you need to get home and take the best care of your child.
If the baby has been earmarked for discharge, it means that the staff at Rainbow Hospitals neonatology department are confident of his or her health condition. However, the child’s health will sometimes warrant that he or she be sent home on oxygen.
Rainbow Hospitals will help you understand the need and modalities of administering oxygen while you care for the baby at home. They will help you work with an authorized vendor in your area to help you have adequate supply and support.
Sometimes, it is necessary to ensure that the baby is on oxygen support because he or she may not be receiving adequate amount of it. This is normal and should subside over a period of time.
Prior to discharge, parents must ensure that safe and adequate means of transport have been arranged to take your baby home. The baby is coming out from a sterile and clean environment and you ought to ensure that during the transit he or she is well protected from the elements.
Driving home, you can avoid high traffic density areas and find a route that is the quickest to get home. You may time your discharge to non-peak traffic hours. Ensuring that the baby is safe from pollution, jerks and bumps on the way is also essential.