baby at 33 week

Deepanshu - posted on 04/25/2016 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My baby was born in 33 weeks and she was just 855 grams and in next 3-4 days the weight was 770 grams she had photothrapy and her jaundice is fine now. However due to low hamoglobin level blood transfusion is required which is already done once. Can u tell me at what level of weight we can take home our lil princess !!

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Sarah - posted on 04/25/2016

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First 1.5 kg is still very small (just over 3 lbs in non-metric weight). I'd expect her to be over 2 kg before discharge and eating from a bottle or nursing (unless she has a feeding tube). Weight is not the only factor, can she maintain her oxygen level without supplementation, does she have apnea, has she passed a car set challenge, does she hold her temperature up without support. So many things to ask your doctor. Spoon feeding is not really used for preemies (at least in the US) as they can aspirate the volume coming off the spoon, so just ask your doctor about that. Does she have the strength to suck? If sucking wears her out too quickly, then she may not be ready to come home.

Ev - posted on 04/25/2016

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Not everyone has had the same experience as you with a prematurely born child. The circumstances differ greatly from one case to the other. Yes, I am sure a lot of children have been born with same issues as yours, but still the case is quite different from yours and their doctors did what they thought best for that particular situation. You are best off listening to their counsel in the matters regarding your child. I am sure there are others who have had a premature birth and have had a lot to deal with in getting to take the new one home. Other than the experiences other mothers have had, we just can not give you a date your baby can go home with you.

Ev - posted on 04/25/2016

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I have to agree with Jodi. We are not doctors here just a big forum of moms. We wish we could tell you what day she could go home but that is for the doctors to tell you. I am glad she is doing so well under the circumstances.

Jodi - posted on 04/25/2016

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This is a question you really should be discussing with your doctor. It certainly sounds like it could be quite some time. However, only her doctor could possibly know - this is not really a question for the internet because it depends on your specific situation and your daughter's particular issues.

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Jodi - posted on 04/25/2016

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I agree with Sarah - there are many factors involved in taking the baby home. My daughter was full term but only 2.2kg when she was born, and I could not take her home for 10 days because she was struggling with temperature regulation and blood sugar, and also needed to be tube fed. It took time to change her situation, including me attending the hospital for 12 hours a day (the other 12 hours I was at home either sleeping or tending to my other children), pumping milk, and specialist attendance. Every baby is different. This is definitely not a question anyone on the internet can answer.

Deepanshu - posted on 04/25/2016

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Thanks Sarah your comment is really helpful. Today I will ask from the doctor about temperature and oxygen.

Deepanshu - posted on 04/25/2016

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But it would really be helpful for me if someone could tell me their experience because doctor is saying that they will start giving milk from spoon at 1.5 kg then we can take him home.

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