How long was your premature baby in the NICU?

Kelso - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 244 moms have responded )

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My baby is still in the NICU.

I expect to have him home at the beginning of January, '10.

By then it will have been 4 months having my baby in the NICU..

But he is doing so good he may even get to come home sooner!

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Brittany - posted on 12/13/2011

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My son was born at 24 weeks 1 lb 7oz he spent 16 months in the NICU. He was born April 22 2009 and came home August 24 2010. He has been home now 1 year and 4 months and he is doing great. He is behind and has some medical issues but is as happy as can be.

Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2010

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My son was born at 32 weeks 4 days. Thanks to the wonderful ob-gyns I had, he was able to leave the NICU after only 2 weeks with no monitors. He is now almost 2 and has never been behind developmentally...be patient and things will be great.

K - posted on 02/23/2014

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My daughter was born 4 weeks early at 5lbs and 17 inches long. She spent 1 month 1 week and 1 day at childrens nicu. But she was also born with gastrocysis. But she is now 11 and doing well

Tammy - posted on 05/03/2012

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My son was born February 27,2006 his due date was May 31,2006 he wiighed 2lbs 6oz and was 14 inches long he came home April 27,2006. He is a very happy healthy 6 yr old but has a very bad immune system he catches every thing that goes around other than that he is doing great just remember time and patience and all the love u can give him right now and before u know it u will be bringing him home many prayers for u and ur family

Salena - posted on 12/03/2009

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My son was born at 28 weeks. He was 2lbs. 8oz. He stayed in the hospital for 11 weeks.

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Joellen - posted on 03/25/2014

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My son Michael was born on 11/20/2004 at 23 weeks. He spent 316 days in the NICU at NSUH in Manhasset NY. He was on a ventilator for the better part of 5 years, had a tracheostomy until Sept 2013. He has seizure disorder and has required multiple surgeries for various issues throughout the years. He is completely non-verbal and has been diagnosed as autistic, with sight issues, hearing issues, feeding and speech issues, hearing issues, developmental delays and behavioral issues. And I can honestly stand here and say 100%, I thank God for my baby boy every day. He is the most amazing human being I have ever known. The obstacles he has and illnesses he has overcome -have killed strong healthy people. He never had a brain bleed, which is almost impossible for his gestation. He is still non-verbal but that wont last for Michael. He is my miracle. And he has truly shown me what is important in life. Its been a very very difficult road. But as God is my witness - if I had to choose between a "normal" child and my Michael......I would choose him, hands down for what he has taught me about life. You cant understand it unless u experience it. God didn't give him to me, for me to help him....God gave him to me to make me stop and see whats important.

Andrea - posted on 03/07/2014

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My daughter was in the nicu for two months to the day. She was born the exact amount of time early due to heart disease. They always say that your baby will be there about the amount of time that he or she was born early. Hang in there, your baby will be just fine!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/10/2014

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My son was born January 16, 2014. My due date was March 11, 2014. He was born at 31 weeks. 4lbs & 2oz. He stayed at NICU for 3 weeks exactly. And his finally home! Thank god. The only complications is that he had jaundice for a week, so he was in the issollete as we'll to keep his temperature warm & was feed by a tube through his nose. A week later, he didn't have the jaundice no more but still needed to keep his temperature warm. Since jaundice was gone I started breastfeeding him while his tube was on his nose. After I kept going twice a day to his 2:30pm & 8:30pm feeding he was adjusting to it. Two weeks later he was off the issollete & was put in a open crib since he was able to keep his temperature on his own. Three days after that. He was able to come home.

Kayla - posted on 01/03/2014

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My daughter was born at 29 weeks weighing 2 lbs 7 oz, she stayed in the NICU for 6 weeks. She weighed 4 lbs 9 oz when she came home.

Chelsi - posted on 01/03/2014

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I Had Twin Girls Born @ 27 Weeks, 3 Months premature Alyanna Weighing 1 pound 10 Ounces 12 inches long..Aliyah Weighing 1 pound 9 1/2 ounces 12 inches long. Been In The Nicu 89 Days So Far The Girls Should Be Getting Released Here In 2 Weeks

User - posted on 07/22/2012

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I had twins born at 29weeks- my daughter was in NICU for almost 2 months, she came home 2 days before she was 2 months old. I brought her home at 5lbs. My son stayed until mid April. He was 8lbs coming home. He had apnea, reflux issues and so he stayed in longer.

Christina - posted on 07/21/2012

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Our twins were born 35 weeks son weighing in at 4.3 and my girl weighing in at 4.4. He stayed in NICU for 9 days and she stayed in NICU for 14 days. They were shocked when boy came home before girl cuz usually it is the opposite. They are now 14 months old and doing great!! I hope everything is going well for you!! :)

Damanique - posted on 06/18/2012

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HI my son was born at 33 weeks 5 days he is breathing a little fast have any of you had these issues with your preemie and how long did he/she stay in the NICU?

Lillyanya - posted on 05/13/2012

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My son was 6 weeks premature and born on February 14 2012. He was in the NICU for 3 weeks and 2 days. :) He was 3lbs 3oz at birth.

Kisha - posted on 12/19/2011

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Both my babies were born 9weeks early... the week before Christmas. My son was in the NICU 4weeks & my daughter was there 5weeks. My son is 2 and my daughter is 1.

Marie - posted on 12/12/2011

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My little girl was 6 weeks premature & only in the NICU for 11 days! Perfectly healthy 2 yr old now.. :)

Macee - posted on 12/12/2011

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My daughter was born 14 weeks early and was in the NICU for 75 days. Came home when she was 2 days shy of 37 weeks adjusted age.

Tamika - posted on 12/07/2011

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my little girl was in the nice for 114days around 6 months and came home on her due date

Angela - posted on 12/06/2011

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Just got my twins home in August, they were in the NICU for about 4 months. I hate A's and B's too! Everytime it seemed like they were ready boom one happened. ugh. they were born at 26 weeks one of them was 1 lb 11 oz and the other was 2 lbs 4 oz they are both 15 pounds now! It was truly a miracle and I was lucky that God let me keep both of them.

Sheneka - posted on 12/06/2011

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My son was in the NICU for 57 days. He was born 10 weeks early at 30 weeks and came home 14 before his due date. I wouldn't wish the NICU on my worst enemy!

Anarchy_queen69 - posted on 12/04/2011

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I stopped counting days when it got to be over 100 way past 200 and never counted in weeks. She was in there for 8 1/2 months and just left on Thursday.

Jessica - posted on 11/30/2011

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He was 31 weeks and stayed in about 7 weeks in the hospital. BradyCardias are so annoying!

Helen - posted on 11/24/2011

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MY 27 weeker was in the NICU/Special Care Nursery for 11 weeks - she came home 12 days before her due date! She is now a healthy and happy 2 year old!

Rachel - posted on 11/23/2011

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My 30 weeker and us spent 44 days in the NICU. He was a fighter the whole way and such a trooper. He actually came home on christmas eve, god answered my prayer and that was all i wanted for christmas and i got it. He is a smart, healthy active 3 year old now and could not imagine things without him.

Rachel - posted on 11/23/2011

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My 30 weeker and us spent 44 days in the NICU. He was a fighter the whole way and such a trooper. He actually came home on christmas eve, god answered my prayer and that was all i wanted for christmas and i got it. He is a smart, healthy active 3 year old now and could not imagine things without him.

Grace - posted on 11/11/2011

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My son was born at 28 weeks he was born july 15th and released oct 6th.on my due date! Hes been bome for a month now.be patient because once they come home thats when you have to take extra care of them due to the fact there premature and get sick quicker then regular newborns.when there in there they take such good care of them.

Ammie - posted on 08/30/2011

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58 looooooong days my daughter was in the NICU, I had the greatest nurses and they were nice enough to remember it wasn't just my daughter who needed help I needed help dealing with everything! ♥ my nurses. My daughter is now 3 and the only sign that she was a preemie is that she is a little under weight, and it takes her a little longer to get better when shes sick

Amber - posted on 07/10/2011

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My daughter was born at 32 weeks. She was 4lbs 9 oz. She was NICU for a little over a month. Now she is a beautiful growing soon to b 3 yr old.

Erin - posted on 07/01/2011

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My daughter stayed in NICU for 3 weeks,she was 6 1/2 weeks early. She only weighed 4 lbs and 9 oz. But went home at 6 healthy pounds.

Samantha - posted on 01/18/2010

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My baby stayed in the NICU for 3 months then he went to the progressive unit for 1 month weighing, 1lb at birth, he weighed 4lbs when he came home from the hospital, now he is 14yrs old, doing GREAT haven't had any problems with his health and I GIVE ALL THANKS TO GOD.......

LaDonna - posted on 01/16/2010

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I had my oldest son at 32 weeks and that was in 1979. He stayed in for 8 weeks and he is fine. My youngest son was 6 weeks early due to complications and was born clinically dead. He is 15 yrs. old and has a variety of medical issues due to this, but overall is his fine.

CYNTHIA - posted on 01/16/2010

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my son was n NICU for 21days...he was born 4pds.4oz. went home 3pds.7oz. He was sent home on heart meds. He's now 4years old...35pds.and healthy.

Glenda - posted on 01/16/2010

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Hi my premature baby is now 16 years old and 6ft 4 inches!! He was in hospital just short of 6 weeks. I found the hardest part was maintaining breastfeeding, especially when your baby is born before the sucking reflex develops. Amazingly though at around 4 months when I visited a maternal and child health clinic I was told I was "over feeding" him - because he was so big and had gained a lot of weight really fast - I had started a small amount of solids as the milk didn't seem to settle him (he never seemed full), this was recommended by my doctor and it worked fantastic. I'm not sure what was the 'miracle' in those early years of his development, as you would never tell that he was born 3 months early. I was very fussy about his food, offered everything and to this day have never offered my children caffeine drinks or high salt/fat/sugar diets, just lots of fruit veg meats dairy etc - who knows.

Gretchen - posted on 01/16/2010

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I had my son at 27 weeks. My baby stayed in the NICU for 86 days. He is now a healthy 2 1/2 year old! I am excepting our second son, he is due Marc 23rd 2010. I am 30 weeks and 4 days right now!

Susan - posted on 01/16/2010

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My daughter was born at 35 weeks but only 2.6 lbs. She spent only 21 days in the NICU and came home weighing 3 1/2 lbs!! Any time having a baby in the NICU is tough, but I doubt there is a mother out there who didn't completely trust the wonderful nurses who cared for her baby! It was hard to leave her (she was in another state), but I called the nurses every time I woke up to pump breast milk and they gave me a report. NICU nurses are angels and they love your baby!!!!

Katie - posted on 01/15/2010

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Both of my babies were in the NICU. My first daughter was born at 30 weeks. She was born on February 5th and came home March 1st. My second daughter was born at 32 weeks. She was born May 14th and came home May 30th. We were very fortunate!

Emilie - posted on 01/15/2010

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86 days. My son was born at 26 weeks, so that is actually a short stay.

He's 4 1/2 now.

Crystal - posted on 01/15/2010

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My son was in the NICU for 5 weeks. He was born 3lbs, 13 oz at 33 weeks. He is now a healthy almost 4 year old little boy!

Lindsay - posted on 01/14/2010

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My first premature baby was in the NICU for 7 days she was born at 34 wks my second child was full erm so she didnt go there at all but my third child was born at 30 wks and spent just over 2 months

Janet - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son Alex was in the NICU 9 1/2 months (291 days). He was a 27 weeker with severe IUGR and chronic lung disease/BPD. He has a tracheostomy, and came home on a ventilator, but we've just last weekend finally weaned him off completely.

Heather - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son spent 32 days in the NICU after being born 9 weeks early... They told us he'd be in until his due date but he proved all the drs wrong and came home early!

Courtney - posted on 01/07/2010

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My twin daughters were born at 33 weeks. Catelyn was in the NICU for 12 days and Clara came home after 20 days. They were both very healthy, just struggled with eating

Jenna - posted on 01/07/2010

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My daughter was born 8 weeks early. She had to stay in the NICU for 4 weeks. She was 3 pounds 17 inches when she was born and came home at 4 pounds 4.5 ounces 17.5 inches.

Heather - posted on 01/07/2010

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Post a reply!my twins were 26 weekers, they did 9 weeks in intensive care and 9 weeks in special care and my boy came home on oxygen, i know it's tough but they're in the best place, hang in there! they'll be 2 in march and i love them with all my heart!

Cassandra - posted on 01/07/2010

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my son was in nicu from august till october when i first met his doctor she said he wouldnt be released any early then mid november but he should drastic improvement and he got to go home..i hated the drive because they halo flighted him to another town but i would rather my baby be there safe and gettin the right kind of care then home where there is no 24/7 doctor.good luck and get some sleep if this is your first baby.

Rachael - posted on 01/07/2010

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My gorgeous twin girls were born on xmas eve 09 at 32 weeks they are still in special care at the momment and doing very well . They weighed 3lb 12oz and 3lb 2oz. The youngest twin has been a bit poorly these last few days with an infection but is alittle fighter and getting better the oldest twin is gaining weight and guzzling milk like no tomorrow !

We are hoping that they will be out by end of january i am praying anyway i am missing them so much

Erin - posted on 01/07/2010

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I hope your son comes home soon! My little boy was born at 35 weeks and was in the NICU for 2 days.

Farrah - posted on 01/02/2010

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My daughter was born at 32 wks. December 11,2007. She weighed 4 pds and was 44 cm long. She came home January 2,2008. She had to weigh 5pds and drink from a bottle on her own before they let her leave. The staff was great, the nurses called themselves aunties. My daughter is now 2yrs and is doing great. She's a ball of energy. She weighs 23pds and is very tall for her age.

Mary-Ann - posted on 01/02/2010

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Hi Happy New Year. My Baby was due on Oct 29. She was born on Agust 22. 10 weeks early. She was perfect in every way but her heart and weght. she was 2lbs and 11ounces. 16 inches long. She want home at 4.9, The doctor said all she needed to do was to grow and that she could do that at home better thatn being at the Hospital. Her heart had a murmor. and they would do sergery later in lafe due it was not life treatinning. She had it done a age 5. now she is very normal and very active. Smart like you wouldn't believe. Still Small. She is 8 years now. 52 lbs and and 52 inches. I wish you the best. Always know that you can always count on me to at least to give yousome kind of moral support.

Samantha - posted on 01/18/2010

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My baby stayed in the NICU for 3 months then he went to the progressive unit for 1 month weighing, 1lb at birth, he weighed 4lbs when he came home from the hospital, now he is 14yrs old, doing GREAT haven't had any problems with his health and I GIVE ALL THANKS TO GOD.......

Glenda - posted on 01/16/2010

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Hi my premature baby is now 16 years old and 6ft 4 inches!! He was in hospital just short of 6 weeks. I found the hardest part was maintaining breastfeeding, especially when your baby is born before the sucking reflex develops. Amazingly though at around 4 months when I visited a maternal and child health clinic I was told I was "over feeding" him - because he was so big and had gained a lot of weight really fast - I had started a small amount of solids as the milk didn't seem to settle him (he never seemed full), this was recommended by my doctor and it worked fantastic. I'm not sure what was the 'miracle' in those early years of his development, as you would never tell that he was born 3 months early. I was very fussy about his food, offered everything and to this day have never offered my children caffeine drinks or high salt/fat/sugar diets, just lots of fruit veg meats dairy etc - who knows.

Gretchen - posted on 01/16/2010

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I had my son at 27 weeks. My baby stayed in the NICU for 86 days. He is now a healthy 2 1/2 year old! I am excepting our second son, he is due Marc 23rd 2010. I am 30 weeks and 4 days right now!

Susan - posted on 01/16/2010

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My daughter was born at 35 weeks but only 2.6 lbs. She spent only 21 days in the NICU and came home weighing 3 1/2 lbs!! Any time having a baby in the NICU is tough, but I doubt there is a mother out there who didn't completely trust the wonderful nurses who cared for her baby! It was hard to leave her (she was in another state), but I called the nurses every time I woke up to pump breast milk and they gave me a report. NICU nurses are angels and they love your baby!!!!

Katie - posted on 01/15/2010

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Both of my babies were in the NICU. My first daughter was born at 30 weeks. She was born on February 5th and came home March 1st. My second daughter was born at 32 weeks. She was born May 14th and came home May 30th. We were very fortunate!

Lindsay - posted on 01/14/2010

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My first premature baby was in the NICU for 7 days she was born at 34 wks my second child was full erm so she didnt go there at all but my third child was born at 30 wks and spent just over 2 months

Jade - posted on 11/11/2009

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My baby was in the NICU for almost 3months he was a 24weeker 1lb 10oz He was a little fighter! He was born march 21st 09 so 7months ago hes correct age is 4months

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