Your baby was born early, or prematurely. Your "preemie" is getting special care in the hospital. This care includes giving your baby all needed nutrition.
You're looking forward to the day you'll take your baby home. But the thought of caring for your baby at home might be scary right now. Lots of parents feel that way.
Both you and your baby will be ready. Going home means the hospital staff believes that your baby is strong enough. The staff will teach you everything you need to know about feeding your baby. They will make sure that you can do it yourself. When you are at home with your baby, you'll be more free to enjoy being a parent. You'll worry less about whether you're doing things right.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: March 28, 2018
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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