Practical problems of the NICUPPractical problems of the NICUPractical problems of the NICUEnglishNeonatologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)NANASupport, services and resourcesPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZThe Reverend Michael Marshall, M. Div. M10.000000000000056.0000000000000582.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about practical problems that families and parents must face when a child is being kept in neonatal intensive care. Income is a pressing one.</p><p>Most people are not in a position to be able to suddenly drop everything in their lives and be with their premature baby in the NICU 24 hours a day. Income and other financial matters can’t be ignored for long; children need to be cared for, and transportation needs to be arranged. Juggling all of this while still visiting a baby, perhaps for extended periods in the NICU, will be difficult. Again, get help. There will certainly be resources and other help that can be accessed at the hospital which parents should take advantage of. However, parents should not stop there. Parents should draw on whatever other resources they have. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Most families will need help when they have a baby in the NICU for extended periods of time.</li> <li>Parents should think about getting help for taking care of their other children, finances, work demands, the premature baby's eventual discharge, and managing time between hospital stays and other responsibilities.</li></ul>
Problèmes d’ordre pratique de l’unité néonatale des soins intensifsPProblèmes d’ordre pratique de l’unité néonatale des soins intensifsPractical problems of the NICUFrenchNeonatologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)NANASupport, services and resourcesPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZThe Reverend Michael Marshall, M. Div. M10.000000000000056.0000000000000582.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Renseignez-vous sur les problèmes d’ordre pratique auxquels les familles et les parents doivent faire face lorsqu’un enfant est gardé aux soins intensifs néonataux. Le revenu est une des préoccupations urgentes.</p><p>La plupart des gens ne peuvent pas abandonner subitement tout dans leur vie pour être avec leur bébé prématuré 24 heures par jour à l’unité néonatale des soins intensifs. Le revenu et les autres questions financières ne peuvent pas être mis de côté trop longtemps; il faut s’occuper des enfants, et organiser le transport. Jongler avec tout cela tout en visitant un bébé, peut-être pendant de longues périodes à l’unité néonatale des soins intensifs, sera difficile. Encore une fois, demandez de l’aide. Il y aura certainement des ressources et d'autres formes d'aide auxquelles les parents ont accès à l'hôpital et dont ils devraient se prévaloir. Cependant, les parents ne devraient pas s’arrêter là. Les parents devraient aller puiser dans toutes les autres ressources à leur disposition.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>La plupart des familles ayant un bébé à l’unité néonatale des soins intensifs auront besoin d’aide pour une longue période. </li> <li>Les parents devraient penser à obtenir de l’aide pour prendre soin des enfants existants, des finances, afin de satisfaire aux exigences au travail, de se préparer au congé de leur bébé prématuré et à son arrivée à la maison ainsi que pour gérer le temps entre les séjours à l’hôpital et les autres responsabilités.</li></ul>

 

 

Practical problems of the NICU1852.00000000000Practical problems of the NICUPractical problems of the NICUPEnglishNeonatologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)NANASupport, services and resourcesPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZThe Reverend Michael Marshall, M. Div. M10.000000000000056.0000000000000582.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about practical problems that families and parents must face when a child is being kept in neonatal intensive care. Income is a pressing one.</p><p>Most people are not in a position to be able to suddenly drop everything in their lives and be with their premature baby in the NICU 24 hours a day. Income and other financial matters can’t be ignored for long; children need to be cared for, and transportation needs to be arranged. Juggling all of this while still visiting a baby, perhaps for extended periods in the NICU, will be difficult. Again, get help. There will certainly be resources and other help that can be accessed at the hospital which parents should take advantage of. However, parents should not stop there. Parents should draw on whatever other resources they have. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Most families will need help when they have a baby in the NICU for extended periods of time.</li> <li>Parents should think about getting help for taking care of their other children, finances, work demands, the premature baby's eventual discharge, and managing time between hospital stays and other responsibilities.</li></ul><h2>Typical needs</h2><p>Depending on the expected length of stay, the distance to the hospital from the family’s home, and other factors, parents should think about getting help for the following: </p><ul><li>taking care of existing children and other dependent family members </li><li>keeping up with the bills and other financial matters </li><li>keeping up with the demands at work </li><li>preparing for their premature baby’s eventual discharge and arrival home </li><li>managing time between hospital stays and the rest of life’s ongoing responsibilities </li></ul><p>While there may be various services available through the hospital to help parents with these issues, parents should think about who else can help. Even under the best and most normal circumstances of a healthy full-term birth, parents need help. Family, friends, and neighbours are a good place to look to find what they cannot get from the hospital or government agencies.</p><p>At the beginning, these types of arrangement are usually made by the father since the mother of the child is recovering from labour and delivery. Additionally, the mother will be encouraged to breastfeed or, if that is not possible, to pump milk so that the premature baby’s diet is the best that it can be. This may require longer stays at the hospital for the mother. </p><p>Get in touch with friends and family and ask them to do specific things such as picking up the other children from school or bringing meals to the house. Remember, new parents who have just had a full-term baby often ask friends and family not to come empty handed when they visit the newborn baby. Parents of premature babies, who need more help than most, should not feel strange about asking for the same types of courtesies. </p><h2>Practical tips</h2><p>Making a list of all that you need in terms of practical help may be useful. Going after specific things from specific people and agencies may be less overwhelming. Also, as things get done and are ticked off the list, the stress level will likely drop. </p><p>When people ask “Is there anything I can do to help?” say “yes” and give them something to do off your list</p><p>Assign someone to be the conduit of information. Parents can often get frustrated or overwhelmed when friends and relatives are all phoning, asking how the baby is doing. Appoint one person to inform the rest and keep that one person informed. </p><p>Realize that some people are going to be more helpful than others and not necessarily the ones you expected.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/practical_problems.jpgPractical problems of the NICU

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