When do premature babies come home?

Stephanie - posted on 07/27/2010 ( 127 moms have responded )

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Baby born 28 weeks 12 weeks early. I would like to know how long did it take for certain babies to come home?

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Becky De La - posted on 06/25/2013

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My premature baby has a bleeding in his brain will he be okay im scared his my first child.

Stormyq23 - posted on 07/22/2013

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My daughter was born 34 weeks and 4 days. She went home when I went home which was after about a week. But she was fine and we were only in the hospital because my blood count was .2 from needing a blood transfusion. But she was fine. Her only chalange was she would not take to my breast but still took expressed breast milk. And she took a little longer to jabber. ButShe is now 11 months old talking walking off the bottle andon table food. She was pretty advanced everywhere but those two areas. It just depends on the baby and your faith.

Rhona - posted on 03/12/2013

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Usually close to your due date. My daughter was born at 27 weeks, she was due Nov 22 and she was discharged from NICU Nov 11. The Neonatologist want to ensure that your baby will be able to breathe in room air without having a Brady or apnea plus be able to take full feeds from breast or bottle. If your baby has any health complications it could be longer so it really depends on the baby and his or her situation. That was my experience at least and I live in Canada, if you live in the US I'm not sure if its different there. Stay strong and be positive, your little one will be home soon. :)

Elmo - posted on 05/11/2013

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Shiniece - i am the father of 28 weeks premie twin boys -born march 05 2013- wife submitted 27/5 gestation born 28/1 weeks gestation. They came home 09 MAy 2013 after 66 days. very stressfull time, the one had NEC nectrotizing entercolitis aswell as PDA patent ductus arterial. At first both on ventilator then cpap and after 30 days twin II back on ventilatorfor 5 days to fight a breathing issue because of PDA. They are feeding very well and Mom is breastfeeding (8 times per 24hr cycle) Strictly no NAN. They doing very well. The breastfeeding is burning plenty calories for them as it is work to suck and swollow- as a result they lost some weight in last few days. from 2.05kg to 1.88kg. Peaditrician not to concerned at this time - I have a fantastic wife who I have so much respect for taking the effort looking after our boys.

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Chelsi - posted on 01/03/2014

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@ Becky De La Cruz, Both My Twin Girls Had Bleeding In The Brain It Affects Babies Differently Than Others My Baby Aliyah Had To Get A Shunt. Alyannas Isnt Getting Worse Or Any Better It Just Depends On Where The Bleed Is And What Part They Think Is Gonna Affect Your Baby.

Sarah - posted on 09/09/2013

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Our 28weeks + 6 days twins are still in hospital. So far they have spent 55 days in two hospitals. One baby is about to ready to go home but other one is lacking behind. Ideally, they should be 1.8kg or 4lbs. However, it varies and number of things should be considered.
Also, babies are due for vaccination and our GP scheduled them on 58th day but babies are still in Hospital. Hospital staff is reluctant to do vaccinaton and keep telling us to get another appointment from GP to get it done. In this case babies will be late for at least 3-7days for their vaccination. we are worried.

Stormyq23 - posted on 07/22/2013

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My daughter was born 34 weeks and 4 days. She went home when I went home which was after about a week. But she was fine and we were only in the hospital because my blood count was .2 from needing a blood transfusion. But she was fine. Her only chalange was she would not take to my breast but still took expressed breast milk. And she took a little longer to jabber. ButShe is now 11 months old talking walking off the bottle andon table food. She was pretty advanced everywhere but those two areas. It just depends on the baby and your faith.

Stormyq23 - posted on 07/22/2013

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My daughter was born 34 weeks and 4 days. She went home when I went home which was after about a week. But she was fine and we were only in the hospital because my blood count was .2 from needing a blood transfusion. But she was fine. Her only chalange was she would not take to my breast but still took expressed breast milk. And she took a little longer to jabber. ButShe is now 11 months old talking walking off the bottle andon table food. She was pretty advanced everywhere but those two areas. It just depends on the baby and your faith.

Stormyq23 - posted on 07/22/2013

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My daughter was born 34 weeks and 4 days. She went home when I went home which was after about a week. But she was fine and we were only in the hospital because my blood count was .2 from needing a blood transfusion. But she was fine. Her only chalange was she would not take to my breast but still took expressed breast milk. And she took a little longer to jabber. ButShe is now 11 months old talking walking off the bottle andon table food. She was pretty advanced everywhere but those two areas. It just depends on the baby and your faith.

Elmo - posted on 05/14/2013

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Hi Jennifer, Our 28 weeker twins came home after 66 days in icu twin 2 was back in hospital after 4 days - feeding problems, low blood count,weight loss (200g in 3 days) swollen belly (maybe because of intolerance. They are breast feeding but my wife's milk had rapid decrease after they came home -maybe as result of change in having them home general increase in stress levels and little sleep. we are now working on stabilizing her and getting milk production normal. In hospital they are now fortifying the breast milk to get him to gain weight -so-called fm85.

Shiniece - posted on 04/17/2013

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I just had twin boys on February 15th at 27/6 gestation. They are now 8 weeks and 5 days old, or 36/4 gestation. They are still currently in the NICU. The hospital is working on having them be able to tolerate full feeds. The boys will also need to go 5 days without any episodes of apnea or Brady's before being able to come home. As of right now 1 boy is on the right track, the other is still on CPAP because his lungs aren't developed enough to breathe on his own. So my point is every baby is different. Most hospitals set the goal to have preemies discharged by their due date, but depending on health issues some babies may stay longer. Some babies even leave earlier :)

NICU mom, 61 days and counting.

Jennifer - posted on 03/01/2013

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My little 28+1 weeker came home after 76 days. From the beginning he did awesome. The only thing that held him up a little bit was feeding intolerance, which is really common among preemies. Because he wasn't gaining weight like they wanted, they would fortify his breast milk which would cause some abd distention. Then wait a day or two to restart feeds and fortifier and the same thing would happen. It wasn't until his belly started to mature that he would tolerate the fortified breast milk. Now he's 2.5 months and is doing great. Gaining weight nicely.

Christie - posted on 01/07/2013

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My 32 week twins makenna came home at 1 month, Addison passed away! My 28 weeker was 90 days, my 24 weeker was 209 days! It all varies with each baby what is wrong with baby and if there is any sever complications as there was with my 24 weeker! He has spent the majority of his now 2 years of life in hospital with short stays at home!

Ammie - posted on 01/03/2013

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Well my daughter was born @ 26 weeks 4 days gestation (13 weeks/3days early) She was in the hospital for 58 days (just shy of 2 months). One of the NICU nurses told me its about gender/race, it goes african american girls/latin girls/white girls latin boys/african american boys/white boys. She (and she was african american) said there wasn't any "proof" of the "system" other than 23 years of expiranence she had. Good luck with your child and I wish you both the best in your future.

Samantha - posted on 01/03/2013

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My twins born at 34 wks 4 days and stay in NICU for 17 days for breathing issue and feeding. It depends. I took them home when my boy was 4 lbs 11 oz and my daughter 4 lbs 9oz. Every hospital is different. Some hospital has a standard weight it release preemies while some don't. They need to see babies weight is increasing and able to breath on their own and nipple feeding.

Liz - posted on 11/11/2012

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My 28 week twins were in for 6 weeks. Weight doesn't matter. My smaller twin did better than the heavier one. All I wanted was for them to come together and they did. My thought was to expect them to stay until they were full term and anything before that is a bonus.

Colleen - posted on 11/07/2012

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My son was born at 28 weeks, 600 grams (1 lb 5 oz) due to IUGR.

He was in the hospital 4.5 months; 12 weeks in NICU, then transferred to Children's hospital for a further 8 weeks to treat his damaged airway (damaged by intubation - he was so tiny).

JoLee - posted on 09/16/2012

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Had one born at 34 & 4 and she was in the NICU 13 days.... for breathing issues, i also had a 32 weeker who came home with me! It really varies!

Nicole - posted on 09/14/2012

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Hi my son was born at 27weeks in 1day he weighed 2lb and 5.6oz he is now 7.5 months old and weighs 7.6lb he was born with a hole in his right lung they assumed it wouold close it has only gotten bigger how do they fix it. I also have A- blood and my son is postive blood type I had my tubes tied so my obgyn said i did not need the rh shot but a week prior to my sons birth I was bleeding bad to the point i had to wear a pad she sent me home and said it was nonthing a week to that day my son was born due to the fact my placenta detached should i of gotten the rh shot and what could happen in the futurw my son has ben sick alot he was born Feb 6 2012 and 03-04-12 i was admitted in the same hospital that my son was in but i was in a coma had four blood transusions they advised my father i would be luckly to make it thru the night i woke up about 6 to 7 days later and only know what family has told me infections disease came in and said we my never know what was wrong with me they did a internal sno after i came out of the coma and asked if i had a DNC i said no my son is upstairs in t if this is a possible mal-pratice case nic i dont know. Any thought would be helpful Thank you All and god blkess you and your families.

Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012

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My daughter was born 9 weeks premmie, weighed 3 pounds & 11 ounces, she was in hospital 4 weeks, she had many challenges. She was not able to walk un-assisted, she needed support to sit up, drooled constantly, developmentally delayed, frequent body tremors, some seizure like episodes, kind of in a daze all the time, clenched left hand, choking on her food, speach problems, left side weakness etc. She was elevated on her toes when holding her to walk, she was splinted for a leg brace & they wanted to give her botox, but after researching botox and discovering how it’s made and there were no long term studies I decided against it. Her life was restricted & so was mine ...and it looked this way for the rest of her life ... & mine. I felt hopeless.

We were attending all sorts of treatments and therapies which cost a lot. A friend told me about some special wellness supplements from a particular company, she started taking them in her yogurt, after one week she was up walking un-assisted, it made an immense difference to her brain function, memory, balance, mood & cognition in a short space of time. I was elated!

I am so grateful to the person that told me about this incredible technology. She now has a life now ….. and so do I. It’s now over 14 yrs later and she continues to take these special nutrients, she has attended normal public schools, she is almost 16, in a few weeks she begins driving lessons and has just started an after school casual job in a fast paced food takeaway.
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Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012

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My daughter was born 9 weeks premmie, weighed 3 pounds & 11 ounces, she was in hospital 4 weeks, she had many challenges. She was not able to walk un-assisted, she needed support to sit up, drooled constantly, developmentally delayed, frequent body tremors, some seizure like episodes, kind of in a daze all the time, clenched left hand, choking on her food, speach problems, left side weakness etc. She was elevated on her toes when holding her to walk, she was splinted for a leg brace & they wanted to give her botox, but after researching botox and discovering how it’s made and there were no long term studies I decided against it. Her life was restricted & so was mine ...and it looked this way for the rest of her life ... & mine. I felt hopeless.

We were attending all sorts of treatments and therapies which cost a lot. A friend told me about some special wellness supplements from a particular company, she started taking them in her yogurt, after one week she was up walking un-assisted, it made an immense difference to her brain function, memory, balance, mood & cognition in a short space of time. I was elated!

I am so grateful to the person that told me about this incredible technology. She now has a life now ….. and so do I. It’s now over 14 yrs later and she continues to take these special nutrients, she has attended normal public schools, she is almost 16, in a few weeks she begins driving lessons and has just started an after school casual job in a fast paced food takeaway.
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Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012

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My daughter was born 9 weeks premmie, weighed 3 pounds & 11 ounces, she was in hospital 4 weeks, she had many challenges. She was not able to walk un-assisted, she needed support to sit up, drooled constantly, developmentally delayed, frequent body tremors, some seizure like episodes, kind of in a daze all the time, clenched left hand, choking on her food, speach problems, left side weakness etc. She was elevated on her toes when holding her to walk, she was splinted for a leg brace & they wanted to give her botox, but after researching botox and discovering how it’s made and there were no long term studies I decided against it. Her life was restricted & so was mine ...and it looked this way for the rest of her life ... & mine. I felt hopeless.

We were attending all sorts of treatments and therapies which cost a lot. A friend told me about some special wellness supplements from a particular company, she started taking them in her yogurt, after one week she was up walking un-assisted, it made an immense difference to her brain function, memory, balance, mood & cognition in a short space of time. I was elated!

I am so grateful to the person that told me about this incredible technology. She now has a life now ….. and so do I. It’s now over 14 yrs later and she continues to take these special nutrients, she has attended normal public schools, she is almost 16, in a few weeks she begins driving lessons and has just started an after school casual job in a fast paced food takeaway.
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Jaime - posted on 05/30/2012

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I think that it mostly depends on the baby and how they are doing once they have been born. My 32 week baby had to stay in the NICU b/c he had not developed his sucking reflex and therefore couldn't take a bottle, i think that development comes between 33 and 34 weeks. Once he was able to take a bottle and maintain his temperature he came home. He weight 4 lbs 14 oz at 32 weeks and a few days before the perinatologist had told me he would probably weigh 9 pounds when he was born, needless to say i didn't make it full term but by his due date he weighed almost 9 pounds!

User - posted on 05/30/2012

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My baby was born at 33 weeks and did not go in the NICU. I am wondering if 12 years makes a difference because I would really like to know if they have changed their position. When my daughter was born 12 years ago, as long as they could eat, keep warm, and breathe...they could go home.

Claudette - posted on 05/29/2012

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They usually say tom expect your baby coming home at or around the time they would have been born. a 28 weeker, I would say maybe 2 month stay and As long as your baby can eat, keep their temp. up, gaining weight, and breathing on their own. The hospital does not want to keep your kids there longer than they need to be there, but they don't want to send them home too early either. The best thing I can advise is just be there as much as you can, be involved in as much of their care as you can.

Sarah - posted on 05/22/2012

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My little one was born at 24 weeks, he was 1 LB 5.9 OZ. He was in the hospital for 5 months and a month of that was in Michigan (we live in Florida) for eye surgery. It was agonizing but the nurses and doctors were taking care of him. After numerious surgeries and a few scares he came home. He is 30 Lbs at 3 years old now and doing awesome.

Emily - posted on 05/19/2012

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my first son was born at 27 weeks and spent 60 days in the NICU. a lot shorter stay than we were expecting. Now im hoping to keep this little one in cuz right now im 29 weeks and on hospital bed rest....

Jaime - posted on 05/18/2012

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My oldest son was born at 32 weeks and spent 11 days in the hospita. Now he's almost 8 years old and healthy, healthy, healthy! Thank the good lord!

Patti - posted on 05/17/2012

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Hi there,

so my little boy has been in NICU for almost 6 weeks all because he is not feeding the way he is supposed to. He takes maybe 20 cc from bottle and the rest with tube. he will be able to come home till he feeds from bottle completely. he was born at 34 weeks though and he now weighs almost 8 lbs!

JAMIE - posted on 05/17/2012

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my baby daughter Leneve was born on the 02/08/2011 at 28 weeks and 1 day and she got home from the hospital on the 20/10/2011 which was 4 days before her due date, her birth weight was 2lb 13 ozs, and her weight when she got home was 7lb 6 ozs, and now she is a healthy 9 month old baby,

Katie - posted on 07/24/2011

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my daughter was born at 26 weeks early and she came home around her full term due date so she was in the nicu for 2 and a half months

Acrena - posted on 07/13/2011

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My son was 12weeks early and came home 6weeks before his due date. But he didnt have very many problems. It all depends on the baby and their health.

Helen - posted on 07/13/2011

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My 27 weeker come home 12 days before her due date - luckily for us she had no major health problems just needed to gain weight and learn how to suck from bottle or breast - the hospital will tell you when they are ready to go home don't rush it!

Abbey - posted on 11/07/2010

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My daughter was born at 28 weeks and 5 days and she only had to spend 5 weeks in the NICU. When I had her they said she'd probably be in for about 12 weeks. She's an amazing baby!

Beverly - posted on 11/06/2010

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they say expect them to stay until their due dates. my daughter was six weeks early but a fighter and only had to stay 4 weeks 2 days after she got out of the hospital she started rolling over. the greatest challenge for most babies is being able to control their own body temperature.

Shelbra - posted on 11/06/2010

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My daughter was born at 26 weeks, she came home from the NICU after 55 days. She weighed 2lbs 4 oz at birth. She came home on oxygen for two weeks. She will be 9 months on the 20th of this month and is doing great almost ready to start walking.

Nicole - posted on 11/02/2010

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My daughter was exactly 29 weeks to the day and weighd 2 lbs. and 2.7oz when the dr decided she had to much stress on her bc of my pre-e and it took her 2 1/2 months to get out of the NICU she got released 1 day b4 her due date wieghing at 8 lbs,but shes doing great now shes 15 months and weighs 24 lbs

Amanda - posted on 11/02/2010

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My daughter was born at 27 week 4 days and weighed 2lbs 4oz. She was born May 16th and came home July 11th (almost 2 months) She did very well! A lot of babies born around the same time as her stayed until they were between 36 and 38 weeks. It all depends on when they start breathing on their own, eating on their own and holding their own temperature. They did not have a weight requirement.

Lucy - posted on 11/02/2010

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my son was born at 27 weeks (3lb 1oz) he has been in the hospital 9weeks 5days, and is comin home 2morrow. he had chronic lung disease, both his lungs popped after being ventilated at birth it was touch and go 4 the 1st 4 weeks but now he is doing amazing. after his lungs healed he kept growin strong and have had no problems with feeding and wait gain, he is now 6lb 10oz (huge) hang in there my lovely u will be home wiv ur baby in no time!!

Ammie - posted on 10/30/2010

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It all depends on the baby, mine was born @ 26 weeks and came home 2 months later which was a month before her due date. So it just depends on how well the child does! Good luck

Alicia - posted on 10/29/2010

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It took our '34 weeker' 28 days to come home. He was 4lb 14oz at birth and never needed a vent, so he did very well from the start. The hardest criteria was getting the staff to lower the temp in his isolette incrementally so he could begin to regulate his own body temp. We weren't trying to rush it, we just felt that the care philosophy was inconsistent. He came home at 6lb 6oz and is now a 30 pound 22 month old who climbs on everything! :-) It feels like a blur and I thought it got harder not easier to leave him each day, but now I can't believe how fast time has flown. One suggestion - if the nurses are willing, get a spiral bound notebook and keep it on top of his isolette for them to write notes in. The night nurses were GREAT about this - they wrote about how much he ate, what kind of music they were listening to in the ICN that night, etc. We also wrote in it during the day and it was a great way to keep track of milestones - first attempt at breastfeeding, removal of the NG tube, etc. When we allowed family to visit, we asked them to write in it too. Good luck!

Tara4sweeps - posted on 10/28/2010

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My 34 weeker spent 15 long days! I have to say i was excited to get him home but others are right its more hard to take care of a fragile baby. Let the baby get the help he or she needs now.

Sophie - posted on 10/27/2010

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My twins were 12 weeks early, and spent 7 weeks in the NICU. We were unsure if they would both come home at the same time but they both were able to eat and breath on their own.

Aurora - posted on 10/26/2010

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My son was born at 26+5 weighed 2lbs 7oz & spent 57 days in the Nicu

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