Calling all mum's who have had babies in hospital...

Christina - posted on 03/16/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 7.5 month old daughter is due to have an operation in hospital on Friday. I am kind of freaking out as she doesn't sleep a great deal during the day and I'm pretty sure she only sleeps well at night due to the darkness and security she feels. I'm worried that she (and subsequently me) will not be able to sleep in the hospital. Has anyone been through this or have any tips???

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Emer - posted on 03/17/2010

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my son was in hospital at 4mths 4 broncitus & he act slept better then ever in the hospital but ur baby tat bit older but as karrie said the anaesthetic will knock her out :)

Christina - posted on 03/16/2010

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Thank you Karrie for your response. Yes - Australia. Have been through it all before but she was only 4 days old then so sleeping was what she did best. I realise they have to check her every 3 hours back up on the ward after she is out of NICU so hopefully she will be ok with it. Just have to take it as it comes I guess. Thanks again.

Karrie - posted on 03/16/2010

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Hi there! First of all Good Luck for your daughter's surgery and may she recover quickly.

Do not worry too much. If she is having a general anaesthetic, then she is likely to be quite sleep afterwards, but that wont affect how tired she is at night. Im not sure where you are (Im in australia), but in the children's ward where I worked as an RN before I had my son leaves the rooms however the parent/caregiver wishes them to be. If you want the lights off, then, by all means, turn them off. If you need it to be darker, close any blinds or curtain around your daughters bedside. It is likely the nurses will need to check your daughtr frequently over the night, could be hourly, or more or less. They may check her temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration rate. When they check her, they will try not to disturb her or you, but sometimes its unavoidable.Where I have worked we used torches to check our patients, rather than turning lights on. If she has any special blankets or toys, bring them along to make her feel more secure. Hopefully she wont have to share a room. Good Luck once again!

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