Ok to take preemie out in public??

Keisha - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I have twin preemie girls and so far I haven't taken them out in public. But my DH and I are thinking about taking them out to a restaurant this weekend. When did you feel it was ok to take your preemie out? Mine are 5 months old actual (3 months corrected).

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Kathryn - posted on 03/06/2010

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Goodness! I must be the only fuddy-duddy in the group. My son's neonatologist advised house arrest through the RSV/flu season and we have been inside since November. Come April 1, we can go out, but he's only been to friends' and family's homes in the meantime. My son was a 28 weeker with no issues.

Emily - posted on 02/17/2010

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My baby is exactly the same age of your two... 5 months, 3 months corrected. I have taken her out many places already. Restaurants, shopping, etc. I just decided I'm not going to be a hermit, I'm going to live my life. And with a 3-year-old, it's impossible for me to stay home all the time anyway.

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Rizah - posted on 08/22/2012

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my son was born 6weeks early stayed at the hospital nicu for 8 days then went home. after a week we went to church then went malling..hes ok.. :) ..now hes 5months and he always like goin out... he likes places with a lot of people.

Rizah - posted on 08/22/2012

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my son was born 6weeks early stayed at the hospital nicu for 8 days then went home. after a week we went to church then went malling..hes ok.. :) ..now hes 5months and he always like goin out... he likes places with a lot of people.

Kristi - posted on 06/15/2012

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I think 30 weeks is way different than 27 weeks. Those babies just had to grow. My 27 weeker had bad preemie stuff in the nicu. No way am I risking her gettin even a sniffle. My kids can't even touch her. I'll be a hermit to keep this miracle safe and out of the nicu.

Kirsty - posted on 04/20/2010

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my son was born at 36 weeks as long as i over dressed him alittle as he struggeld to hep his temprueture i took him out when he was bout 3 weeks old and i haven had probems with takeing him out so far the only problems he has is to what he was born with but then its up to you when you feel is the right time to take our twins out

Toni - posted on 04/19/2010

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When my preemie was in the NICU the nurse said that I shouldn't take him out for two months. Alex was born at 35 1/2 weeks at 3lbs 12 oz. He was in the NICU for three weeks and when I got him home I took him out to a restaurant just watched who held him. He is now 11 weeks old and hasn't been sick or caught anything. I just watched when I took him out (no cold weather) and if I was going somewhere that had lots of people just to make sure they had clean hands and were not sick if they wanted to hold him. Common sense with a preemie goes a long way. I was told by different people many things I shouldn't do, but never anything I should. I have come to rely on my mommy instincts. If it feels wrong don't do it! Your there mom and you are the best decision maker there is.

Maryrose - posted on 03/16/2010

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I took my baby out but made sure I didn't expose her to open air. It was rather easy for us to keep her covered from the elements because I had her in a cradle board. Other than that, I would not really let anybody hold her too close because of the possibility of her getting ill easily.

Marcie - posted on 03/13/2010

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I didn't start taking my premie out anywhere till he was 3 months, it is just like a regular baby, u take them out when the first few months pass.

Valerie - posted on 03/06/2010

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Keisha, GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!!! Just kidding, but seriously, as a mother of preemie twins (35 weekers now 2.5 yrs), take a break and go out for dinner. You are likely to get a lot of attention because they are twins. Take along some quiet favorite toys to keep them occupied and enjoy yourself.

Caryn - posted on 03/06/2010

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Depends on how their health is? If they're fit and fighting and have no immune deficiencies, etc, then I would say go, but avoid very busy shopping centres, etc. With my youngest. Check with your paediatrician, he / she will give you the BEST advice :)

Lisa - posted on 03/01/2010

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Wow it took us well over 6months before we took our daughter. She still became ill every time we took her out. Like PP said just be careful when you take them out.

Felicia - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son was born at 24 weeks. We was released from hospital the day he turned 3 months old. The specialist told us that as long as we used common sense then we could take him anywhere and anytime out of the house. The doctor explained it to me like they have been in the hospital for however long and taking them outside will let them (doctors) now if he is goin to have any more problems that they couldnt find while he was in the hospital such as certain allergies and so on.

Jackulin - posted on 02/20/2010

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i think i'ts okey to take them out if they been home from the hospital for a month my son was born a preemie and he's been home with me for 3 weeks i'm given it another week to take him out. but when you go out don't let people up in there face i know there going to want to look at the beautiful girls but as a mother you need to protect them from a bunch of jerms

Misty - posted on 02/20/2010

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We took our son out, but were cautious about it. We went to restaurants that weren't usually that crowded and did not let anyone touch him or get right up in his face. We even made family members sanitize before holding him (the NICU stressed the importance of this). Our baby boy even had his first trip to the beach before his due date lol! He was born 7 weeks early so we were very careful, but we didn't keep him locked up at home either. The thing I worried the most about was him being around his school age brothers. I was so afraid (and still am afraid) that they are going to bring home something from school and give it to him. Guess that's why I have bottles of sanitizer in every room of our house! I think your babies are old enough to take a trip out in public. Bradley is 6 months now (4 months corrected) and I don't even think twice about taking him out anymore. The only places I avoid are places like schools or where I think there might be alot of small kids.

Kim - posted on 02/20/2010

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If they are healthy you should be OK, although I'd avoid the mall on the weekends or other places where there will be large crowds and lots of kids until after RSV season is over. Taking them out to a restaurant should be fine, as long as it isn't Chuck E. Cheese's!! :) Congratulations, and best of luck...

Niki - posted on 02/19/2010

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Our daughter was released from the NICU at 33 weeks. We only waited two weeks before taking her out (shopping) but we kept her away from others and used hand sanitizer constantly ;) As long as you can avoid access germs, I'm sure you'll be fine :)

Amber - posted on 02/19/2010

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My daughter is a 23 weeker but will be 7 mo old next week ( 3 months old adjusted). We don't take her out in public unless we have to and the only time she really gets out is to go to her older brothers basketball games on Saturday mornings. We still don't have people over to the house to visit and we don't go to other peoples homes either. The NICU our daughter was in suggested we keep her home due to the risk of infection from being around other people. It is a personal choice but I would recommend that if you take them out, make sure to keep strangers from touching them. I went out and bought a bug net to cover my daughters carseat/stroller with for when we do take her out so that people can't reach in and touch her. Good luck to you.

Lisa - posted on 02/18/2010

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My twin girls were 26 weeks. One was in the hospital for 2 months the other 2 1/2 months. They came home 11-24 and 12-6 right around Thanksgiving and Christmas 2008. We only took them to family gatherings (I also called to make sure no one was sick) and dr appt for the first couple of months. But, even at the dr offices you come in contact with a lot of other children. I made sure they were not around big crowds and always had sanitizer available for use before holding the girls (even at home). Flu and RSV season is the worst, but both my girls had the RSV shots due to their prematurity. We were able to keep them illness free for the first year of their lives even with having four other school aged children. The first year of life is the most important, if you make it to May with no illnesses that will help you babies' immune systems to build to handle the illnesses they will encounter next winter.

Lora - posted on 02/18/2010

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My doctor told me that it was ok to take my son out before 6 months, though he didn't recommend it. He said to definitely stay away from church and grocery stores because that is where children pick up the most germs! Daycare was a big no-no too until after 6 months. However, I think a restaurant would be ok since things are consistently sanitized. Good luck with your girls and congratulations!

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Hi keisha congratulations! my son was 25 weeks and came home just before his due date and with o2 we took him out quite quickly but avoided crowded plaes as much as possible,if I couldnt stay out of busy places I kept him covered hood up on pushchair and blanket covering or even his rain cover on so I could see him. My 32 week daughter was home in 3 weeks and we took her out as a normal term baby as she was very healthy .

Andrea - posted on 02/17/2010

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I took my 30 weeker out on the way home from the hospital (my work, hubby's work, Wal-Mart, my mom's). He was released at 5 weeks and pretty much just slept the whole time in his carrier. I say show those girls off...lol!

Erin - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son was born at 30 weeks and went home at about full term in February. He had many lung issues in the hospital and went home on oxygen. We were told in no uncertain terms by our nurses, doctors, and the pediatrician not to take him out in public except for doctor appointments, and not to have him around other children. We stuck to that until May, when we were sure the flu season was over. He didn't have a cold or so much as a sniffle his whole first year, which we firmly believe was due to our keeping him at home, as well as obsessive handwashing/sanitizing. It sucked to be in the house all the time, but after everything we went through with him in the hospital it just wasn't worth it to us to expose him to potential sick germs that could land him back in the hospital. He's 3 now and doing great!

Katrina - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son was a 26 weeker and didnt come home until his due date. I was very parniod about getting our little fella getting sick and decided not to take him out of the house. I even made people sanitise their hands before touching him! On saying all of that within 4 weeks of having him home we ended up back in hospital for 5 weeks as he ended up with menigitis (second time) and urine infection. Now I think that if baby is going to get sick they will get sick no matter how hard you try to keep them healthy.

Deborah - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son was 4months old before he could go home from the hospital, so we waited around the same amount of time before we took him out into the public.

Lindsay - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughter was a 27 weeker and came home at 38 weeks. The neonatologist told us the day she was discharged that we could take her out whenever we wanted. He suggested things like going out to eat at an early time when the restaurant wouldn't be crowded. She came home in the spring, so luckily we weren't too confined by weather, however her first winter home we did not go out much if we were going to be anywhere even remotely crowded.

Janice - posted on 02/17/2010

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as lng as u ave the essentıals ıd take them out ask 4 a quıte corner ın the restaurant and they b grand

Kristen - posted on 02/17/2010

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ah, i remember those feelings of angst well...our pediatrician told us we could take our preemie (28 wkr ~ now 8 y/o) out anytime (when he first came home) as long as he was healthy and we used common sense....he came home @ 35 wks and i don't think i took him out except for dr visits until he was home for a few weeks after that...as long as they are healthy and you feel ready, it should be okay to take them out...hope this helps and that your girls are doing well :-)

Courtney - posted on 02/16/2010

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My son was born in August and was released from the hospital in Oct and we for the first time last weekend brought our son out in public. For the longest time we said he was on house arrest and was only allowed to go to docs apt. We are not going to take him out in public very often until the flu and rsv season is over with. my son is going to be 7 months next month and about almost 4 next month as well). It really is a personal opinion there are parents that I meet during my sons stay in the NICU that have taken their kids out in public since the day they were released from the hospital.and they have been fine.

Courtney - posted on 02/16/2010

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My son was born in August and was released from the hospital in Oct and we for the first time last weekend brought our son out in public. For the longest time we said he was on house arrest and was only allowed to go to docs apt. We are not going to take him out in public very often until the flu and rsv season is over with. my son is going to be 7 months next month and about almost 4 next month as well). It really is a personal opinion there are parents that I meet during my sons stay in the NICU that have taken their kids out in public since the day they were released from the hospital.and they have been fine.

Courtney - posted on 02/16/2010

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My son was born in August and was released from the hospital in Oct and we for the first time last weekend brought our son out in public. For the longest time we said he was on house arrest and was only allowed to go to docs apt. We are not going to take him out in public very often until the flu and rsv season is over with. my son is going to be 7 months next month and about almost 4 next month as well). It really is a personal opinion there are parents that I meet during my sons stay in the NICU that have taken their kids out in public since the day they were released from the hospital.and they have been fine.

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