The day you've been looking forward to—and worrying about—is finally coming. Your baby is going home. You may wonder if you and your baby are ready for the big event.
The NICU staff will make sure that your baby is ready to go home. And they'll help you get the support you need. A member of the staff will be in charge of planning your baby's discharge from the hospital. He or she will answer your questions about what will happen before and after your baby leaves the NICU.
The NICU staff will know that your baby is ready to go home when:
The NICU staff will make sure that you know everything you need to know. They will teach you:
Before you and your baby go home, you'll meet with the hospital's discharge planner, the doctor, and the NICU staff. You'll discuss a medical care plan. The plan will include checkups, specialist care, and ongoing tests. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have. This is also a good time to make an appointment with your baby's regular doctor. The first appointment should be a few days after your baby comes home. The NICU staff will make sure that your baby's doctor has all the important health information to care for your baby.
Check to see if home-based health care and support are available in your area. Your hospital may offer home visits or home nursing care. The discharge planner or social worker can help you arrange it.
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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