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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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

Liz - posted on 10/08/2010

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My b/g twins were born just one day shy of thirty four weeks. My daughter weighed three pounds twelve ounces and my son four pounds ten ounces. My son came home at a discharge weight of four pounds eight ounces eight days after they were born. My daughter came home at a discharge weight of four pounds one ounce twelve days after they were born.

Now two years later you can't tell they were preemies. I was scared to death I was going to have another preemie, but I just recently had my youngest ( july of this year) and I made it just a day shy of thirty nine weeks.

Anna - posted on 10/08/2010

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My 32-weeker spent 32 days in the NICU. Near due date is a good rule of thumb. Our NICU required babies to hold their own temperature, be off IV/oxygen and take most/all feedings by mouth. There's no magic weight (they used to advise five pounds before going home).

Jennifer - posted on 10/07/2010

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My son was born 27 weeks 1 lb 7oz, spent 114 days, weighted 5 lb 8oz when he came home.

Angela - posted on 10/05/2010

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My son was born at 27 weeks, weighed 1 lb 6 ozs. and spent three months in two different hospitals. He weighed 4 lbs 9 ozs. when he came home

Amanda - posted on 10/04/2010

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My 29wker spent 39 days in the NICU, he was 3lbs 4oz when he was born and 4lbs 8oz when he came home!! He was never on O2 but did come home on a apnea monitor (for a month)

Good luck to u!!

Trisha - posted on 08/02/2010

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My daughter was born at 31 weeks and 5 days and she spent 4 weeks in the NICU. She was 3lbs 11oz at birth. It sucked not bringing her home with us when we got to but it was definitely well worth the wait. I was truly scared to bring her home because I was doing this on my own with no monitors,doctors,nurses,etc.

Cyndi - posted on 08/02/2010

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My 31 week old son was in the NICU 7 and half weeks. The hospital we were in would not send babies home until they met certain criteria. Able to breathe without assistance. Limited apnea spells preferably none but the babies went home with a monitor if they had infrequent spells that is one every few days if they had more than one in a day that reset the go home timer. Able to control and maintain their own weight. Able to take their whole feeding for every feeding during a 48 hour period without choking or having a spell. Bear with it because the doctors don't want to see your baby back in the NICU anymore than you want to be back there. Just know that no matter what the doctors are not going to release your child without being sure they are capable of surviving at home. As the doctors kept reminding us when we would get impatient and wanting him home they have never sent a child to kindergarten from the NICU. Just know your baby is where it needs to be right now and is getting the best care possible. When you are finally able to bring it home just know the doctors gave it the best opportunity they could to survive its homecoming. That homecoming is all the more special because you had to wait a little bit for it to happen.

Rachel - posted on 08/02/2010

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My twin boys were born at 32 weeks and spent about a month in the NICU. The doctors told us not to expect them to go home before their actual due date. When they came home, they had apnea monitors. You just have to be patient. Premies are in good hands in the NICU.

Veronica - posted on 08/02/2010

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my son was born 12 weeks early he was born 12th october and let out 24th november i think this was too early to b sent home cause he was due 29th december
he was also normal when born and sent home then he got rsv and that led to him having brain damage and now he got cerebral palsy and epilepsy so i defo think he was let out too soon

Annie - posted on 08/02/2010

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My 29 Weeker Spent 2 months and 2 weeks in the NICU.

I totally, agree with Amy Marquis. Just visit ur baby on a reg. and you'll see the progress in your baby. Believe it or not! They know when mommy or daddy are visiting. They know by your voice and smell. The more you do that...the sooner they'll be home with you but don't rush it! It's a little scary the first few weeks. God Bless you and your baby. May god bring your baby home soon. Be very patient the first few days. Only because they are used to a certain schedule by the nurses. I appreciate all the nurses that took care of my little boy. He's a healthy 4 year old and in preschool. Keep you head up babe. You'll be alright! :-)

Summer - posted on 08/02/2010

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my son who was born at 32 weeks came home just after a month. What I was told that the due date is a good guess on the home coming. Anything before that is a blessing. Hold on there...

Donna - posted on 08/02/2010

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My 27 week boy came home after 13 weeks and my 30 week daughter came home after just 6, but then I have friends with Premmies who all came home after different lengths of stay - it's really down to the baby and how well they are - It's frustrating but don't rush it, there's nothing worse than having to go back in because your baby wasn't really ready! x

Shiloh - posted on 08/01/2010

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My son was also a 28weeker. He came home the day after he was due. It will seem like forever but be patient because you will get to enjoy your little one being little for longer than most moms will. Good luck and best wishes :)

Karen - posted on 08/01/2010

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almost 3 months. It depends on if the child has any severe medical problems. This is something your doctor of the NICU staff can tell you...

Nichol - posted on 08/01/2010

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My 23 weeker came home just about on his due date. He was still on monitors for about a week so I would recommend if they suggest longer then it's worth it. I was a wreck that week. It all depends on how they do in the NICU. It was a rough wait time but it's worth it.

Emily - posted on 08/01/2010

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My daughter (a 27 weeker) spent 11 weeks in the NICU. She came home a week before her due date.

Sarah - posted on 07/31/2010

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Hi Stephanie,

I had triplets at 28 weeks.
One came home at 35w1d at 4lbs 13oz
Another one came home at 36w1d at 5lbs9oz
And the last came home at 39w4d at 6lbs6oz
Every preemie is different. NICU is the best place for them even though it's so very hard for you. Rest assured that the doctors and nurses want you to take home a healthy baby and will release them when they are ready. The waiting is the worst part -- don't worry, your baby will be home with you soon.

Misty - posted on 07/31/2010

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my daughter was born at 24 weeks and spent 142 days in the NICU, she will be 2 in October...

Angelica - posted on 07/31/2010

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my daughter was born at 28 weeks (1 lb 12oz) and she spent 106 days in the NICU but it was time well spent because she is now 21 months old and right on track =)

Karen - posted on 07/31/2010

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When the doctor feels that everything is fully developed. My daughter was 29 weeks and came home 6 days shy of 3 months being in the NICU. She is totally healthy and is 20 months old now... You have to be patient and give them alot of love. The more love, the quicker they grow. There is no set time. Each baby is different and only the specialists can give you an estimation.

Brandi - posted on 07/31/2010

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My daughter was born on Halloween 2001, her due date was February 19, 2002. She was born at 1.5 lb and she was not aloud to go home until she was 5lbs. She came with a g-tube and oxygen on April 19, 2002. She was in the NICU almost 6 months. Be patient because your child did not get enough time in you she needs the extra time in the NICU. .

Yvette - posted on 07/31/2010

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My cousin was born way prematurely also. He had to only spend enough time in the hospital, where the staff knew he was out of harms way.
Babies need to be able to breath on their own. Eat on their own.
It is scary but, if your baby is a fast healer, they will be up and outta the hospital in no time.

Tamekia - posted on 07/31/2010

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I had twin boys at 26 weeks. My oldest came home after spending
4 1/2 months in the NICU. His twin came home a month after. They weighed at birth 1 LB AND 1LB 1OZ. They couldn't come home until they weighed at least 5lbs, were able to feed without getting sick, and non-dependant on the various monitors they were hooked up to.

Cristina - posted on 07/31/2010

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My 32 weeker spent 3 weeks in the NICU. Definitley dont rush it--they take good care of the preemies in the NICU.

Virginia - posted on 07/31/2010

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My 35 weeker spent a month in the NICU, but he also had many complications and had to have brain surgery before he was sent home...just to go back a week later and have another brain surgery...

Tena - posted on 07/31/2010

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If everything is going well they usually say around your due date for the earlier preemies. But it really depends on the child, how they are eating and gaining and how early they were. My 35 weeker was in NICU for 7 days and my 33 weeker for 8 days but they both were over 4 pounds at birth.

Otesha - posted on 07/31/2010

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My 26-weeker is currently still in the NICU...it really just depends on how the baby react to the changes that occur??

Keren - posted on 07/31/2010

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My lil man was born at 26wks weighing 930grams he spent 106 days in the NICU. He's now 19mths (15.5mths corrected) and is a perfect happy little tooddler with no real issues other than being little in height and weight which is really good considering he was 14wks prem. It's really hard to have you little one in hospital for so long but it's the best place for them to get bigger and better, take each day as it comes and before you know it you'll have your bub at home with you. Best wishes for your family

Natalie - posted on 07/31/2010

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hi there, all premies are different. my girl was only 4 weeks early but she was a failure to thrive baby. she was 4lbs (1815grms) when she was born and it took her 6 weeks to put 400grms on. it really just depends on the baby and how well they respond.
i was so lost and scared when i bought my girl home that i slept on the lounge for 3 weeks before i felt confident to take her upstairs to her room!!
while she i nearly 4 now she is still a skinny minny and this is prob how she will remain. but either way i still love her to bits.

Anna - posted on 07/31/2010

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My daughter was born at 27 weeks and spent 4 months in hospital, she came home at 44 weeks. She had two heart surgeries during that time and spent 6 months on oxygen at home due to chronic lung disease. Enjoy the experience while you're there, even if it is a hard road, as one day you will look back and regard it as a special time in both of your lives.

Suzanne - posted on 07/30/2010

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my son was born on may 11,2009 and came home july 7,2009 . he was born at 29 weeks 5 days. they keep they till there due day some time or it all depends on he/she does and gains weight.

Sharalynn - posted on 07/30/2010

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my 29 weeker spent 12 days in the NICU....it will be when your little angel is ready and not a min. sooner....dont rush it you dont want anything to happen.....you have the rest of your life to spend with your little angel right now rest and recover and that way when he/she does come home you will be at your best....good luck!!!

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Hi Stephanie-
My little munchkin was born at 30weeks (Nov2). They told us to look for her due date (Jan 11) for her homecoming. The NICU was not far off - She came home Jan 2 - exactly 60 days. Good luck - hope your little miracle is doing well, I know it can be a rollercoaster ride from day to day.

Kenisha - posted on 07/30/2010

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My son was born 27 weeks early he spent about 2 1/2 months in the hospital. The main thing was the developement of his lungs and he was able to suck and breathe. But different babies different things I saw it a lot being in the hospital.

S - posted on 07/30/2010

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My 24 weeker was in the NICU 94 days. We also were told it would be around her due date. She came home about 3 weeks before then. The nurses told us our lo had to meet 4 milestones before she came home.



1. She had to take a bottle at all of her feedings (she was on oxygen and had a tube for a long time)



2. She had to keep her temperature up on her own.



3. She had to get up to 5 lbs minimum.



4. She had to master suck and swallow.



She came home early because she gained weight quickly, nursed and bottle-fed, had no problems with reflux, and once she kicked the infections she was in the clear.



It's hard....it's really hard but try to savor each day your lo is in the hospital. As another poster said it's nerve racking when they come home. You might not sleep because you will be watching for every little thing. My lo came home with a pulse oximeter and oxygen. Actually we delayed her coming home after the hospital was ready to release her because her temperature dropped. Good luck

Heather - posted on 07/30/2010

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My 27 weeker spent 165 days in the nicu and her little sister which was a 30 weeker spent 76 days in the nicu. Every child is different and will heal and grow in their own little way just keep your head up and stay strong for your child. I know how hard that is first hand because i was 2 hours away from any family for 2 1/2 months to be in the hospital with my 27 weeker everyday

Lindsey - posted on 07/30/2010

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My son was born 3 1/3 months early...he was 14 oz. when he was born. He is still in the hospital today. He is almost 14 months. But it varies with every child. Some children do really well and others just take a little bit longer! It's a long process but it's all worth it in the end. Just be patient. Take care

Kathryn - posted on 07/30/2010

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My 28 weeker had no real issues in the NICU and came home 3 weeks after his due date. The reason he was there so long were feeding issues and undiagnosed reflux complicating things. Once folks understood my son had 2 issues plaguing him, they reacted a lot better (it took them a month to understand), and we got him out of there. He came home weighing over 8 pounds.

Jennifer - posted on 07/30/2010

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It varies for each premie baby, based on their weight, if they need help to breath, and a lot of other things. Your NICU doc, and nurses can give you the advise and information that you need. Use them to the fullest ask lots of question believe me they understand. My son was 26 weeks and 4 days, he stay in the hospital from 9/22 until 12/15. He had to be 5lbs, thriving on his own (eating). He did come home with a montior to check is heart, that drove me crazy when it went off. My son is 2 years old now but I remember like it was yesterday. God will bring you threw.

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