Jennifer - posted on 03/07/2011 ( 44 moms have responded )
My 5 month old daughter has been pretty sick this winter and just finished her 4th hospital stay (not including when she was born). Every time she is admitted to the local hosp they ask if I am staying with her. My answer is always yes of course. I thought about asking the nurses if sometimes a parent or relative doesn't stay, but thought that would be rude. My questions was answered on its own during this last stay. I kept hearing a little baby cry across the hall. Judging by the sound of her cry, she sounded to be about the same age as my daughter. One time the nurse was in taking care of my daughter and soon the baby started crying. I mentioned something about feeling bad for that baby because I could here her crying and coughing a lot and the nurse told me that she felt bad for her too, because noone hardly ever came to see her. She had said the dad came to visit the night before but only stayed about 10 minutes and that was it. I thought about telling the nurse to bring her in with us and I would watch after her, but because she was coughing so much and my daughter was in for pneumonia, I didn't want them to share germs. I try not to judge others, because I don't know their story, but I could only think of one situation as to why they would leave their baby alone in a hosp when she was so sick. The only reason I could come up with was maybe he was a single dad and had other kids to take care of, and had no help. Maybe you guys could give me another reason so that I can understand this, because it really has been breaking my heart to think of a little baby being so alone.