How old were your prems when they were allowed home?
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Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012
My daughter was born 9 weeks premmie, weighed 3 pounds & 11 ounces, stayed 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. She began to thrive. 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. Now she is taller than me.
Theresa - posted on 02/28/2012
my son was almost three months old when he came home. at woman & infants here in ri the preemies have to pass certain tests. my son had to be able to take all his feeding through a bottle without his heart rate or ox levels dropping, he had to be at least 4lbs holding his own body temp, he had to pass the car seat challenege.. my son could have came home at just over 4lbs but he struggled a bit with the bottle feeding. he got to excited and would just keep sucking and not breathe.. we had to pace him every feeding.
Carie - posted on 12/10/2010
My little one was a 26 weeker. Born in march due at the end of june 2008. She did not come home until she was almost 6 months old. It is different for every preemie. Some gain and grow faster than others. They say that your due date is a good goal to go for. Good luck!
Amanda - posted on 12/09/2010
I brought home my son (born 5weeks and 5 days early) home 13 days after he was born because all he had to do was get rid of the jaundice and learn to eat. My daughter who was a borderline preemie (born exactly 3 weeks early) had oxygen saturation issues so i think with her it was 3 + weeks before she came home then when she did she was on oxygen for a month or so.
Staci - posted on 12/08/2010
My daughter was released at 3 months old when she could prove that she could finish a bottle without getting out of breath and could stay at four pounds. She would gain a pound a drop 3 by the following day. She was fine once we brought her home.
Elizabeth - posted on 12/08/2010
Zachary was one month to the day. It was really frustrating because even though he was born 2 months early, he weighed a whopping 5 lbs. A giant compared to some of the other babies. But he needed time to learn to eat, swallow, and breathe and keep his temp stable.
Iysha - posted on 12/08/2010
17 days. After she could eat from a bottle for all her meals and not be tube fed. She was born at 35 weeks and thanks to the steroid shot I got when I went into labor the first time, her lungs were fine and she just had to work on eating.
Cyndi - posted on 12/07/2010
10 weeks corrected age. I went when i was 30 weeks, so they stayed in the duration of what should have been my pregnancy. All depends on the complications at hand. My twins both had apnea, and one had bardacardia, my daughter was on oxygen for about 8 weeks.
They are turning 7 in January, and both doing great! hit all their mild-stones on time.
Tina - posted on 12/07/2010
I had my daughter at 33 weeks and she came home 10 days later! Never needed oxygen. Was drinking a bottle on day 2 and just had to gain weight! These little babies are miracles! She weighed 3 lbs 12oz at birth.
Beth - posted on 12/07/2010
my first one was 34 weeks gestation age she was in the NICU for 3 1/2 weeks. She did really well. Now my second one was born at 34 weeks and she came home at 37 weeks she wasn't eating. They told me that babies born between 34 and 36 weeks are very lazy babies cause they are suppose to be in the womb just chilling and gaining weight.
Sarah - posted on 12/07/2010
My daughter came home after 3 months being in the NICU. One week before her due date. To come home she had to go at least 10 consecutive days without have an apnea spell, could suck from a bottle and was gaining weight consistently.
Edna - posted on 12/05/2010
we were very lucky with our little guy. he came home with us right after we had him, we had drs appt. every week for the longest time. we would not let too many people near for a long time. hand sanitizers, limit the amount of visitors, and wash, wash, wash your hands,we really didnt take him out, and when we did it was to go to the hospital. he was about 6 1/2 almost 7 months old before we started to take him out, and even at that, we were still careful and on the same routine
Nikki - posted on 12/04/2010
My son was ten weeks early and stayed in NICU for 3 months. HE is four now and doing good with a few issues . He has one tooth that is discolored due to the meds he was given and he has defiance disorder however that is not related to his prematurity. HE did have sleep apnea real bad in NICU so that kept delaying his release :( EVery episode they added a week to his stay but I was more comfortable with him being in the hospital than at home with sleep apnea. He did come home on a monitor for it. I know it's different for every preemie and I know it's a very tough time for you but keep faith and God and the staff together will release your child when it's time:) I am so blessed my son survived and I thank GOd . It changed me forever :) MY thoughts and prayers are with you . Good luck and GOd Bless , Nikki
Cheryl - posted on 12/03/2010
My daughter was born at 29 weeks and came home after 3 and a half months. She was off oxygen but came home with a feeding tube. She is now a year and doing great still has a feeding tube for formula but does eat food and is making progress on a sippy cup
Monique - posted on 12/03/2010
My son was born 7 weeks early, he came home after 6 weeks in the hospital. We had to wait for his lungs to get better. He came home on oxygen and stayed on it till he was 6 months. He is now 4 years old and doing great, seeing him now its crazy to think he was so little. he has other disabilities but it is not due to his prematurity.
Wendy - posted on 12/01/2010
I got sick of being in hospital so I signed up for early discharge Program, Marcus came out at One month Old. All he needed was to put on weight, and So I thought he would be better off doing that at home and he did. Thanks to the early Discharge Program.