When do premature babies come home?
Alicia - posted on 10/29/2010
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!
Liz - posted on 10/08/2010
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.
Cameryn_nc - posted on 10/08/2010
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).
Trisha - posted on 08/02/2010
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
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
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
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
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! :-)
Donna - posted on 08/02/2010
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
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 :)
Nichol - posted on 08/01/2010
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.
Sarah - posted on 07/31/2010
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.
Karen - posted on 07/31/2010
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
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
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
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.
Tee - posted on 07/31/2010
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.
Keren - posted on 07/31/2010
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
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
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.
Sharalynn - posted on 07/30/2010
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!!!
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
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
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
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
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
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