Going homeGGoing homeGoing homeEnglishNeonatologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)NANANAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPC9.0000000000000059.0000000000000759.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about issues that parents and caregivers must address in order to prepare for a premature baby's departure from the hospital, and arrival at home.</p><p>There are many things to consider when taking your baby home. Depending on your baby's medical needs you may need to purchase special medical equipment or medications. There will also be a certain level of stress on the parents who will be caring for their baby at home without a medical team for the first time. Take time to think about and plan what you need to do to get ready to take your baby home.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Before your baby goes home, think about who will care for your child and provide help, how you will get your baby home, and if you need to purchase special medications or medical equipment.</li> <li>It is important to bring your baby for follow-up appointments so that the health-care team can continue to monitor them and diagnose any potential complications or long-term health effects.</li> <li>Some parents will have a difficult time adjusting to having their baby at home after the trauma of witnessing their baby in the NICU.</li></ul>
Rentrer à la maisonRRentrer à la maisonGoing homeFrenchNeonatologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)NANANAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPC9.0000000000000059.0000000000000759.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Renseignez-vous au sujet des questions que les parents et les fournisseurs de soins doivent aborder dans le but de préparer le départ de l’hôpital d’un bébé prématuré et son arrivée à la maison.</p><p>Vous devez penser à la façon de ramener votre bébé à la maison. Veuillez prendre en considération les questions suivantes :</p> <p>Avez-vous obtenu un siège d’auto adapté pour un petit bébé? Des attaches particulières pour les sièges d’auto pour bébés sont disponibles et peuvent être nécessaires pour ramener un bébé prématuré à la maison. Le personnel de l’hôpital devrait être en mesure de vous dire où les trouver et devrait également vous aider à attacher votre bébé dans le siège d’auto. Il est possible que l’on doive tester certains bébés, surtout ceux qui ont eu des troubles respiratoires, dans le but de savoir s’ils peuvent tolérer d’être assis dans un siège d’auto pendant une période de temps prolongée sans problème. </p> <p>Avez-vous planifié ramener votre bébé en autobus, en train ou en avion? Si c’est le cas, veuillez communiquer avec la personne responsable des congés aux patients avant de réserver votre billet. Elle peut vous aider à prendre des dispositions particulières avec la compagnie de transport.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Avant que votre bébé ne retourne à la maison, planifiez qui prendra soin de lui et fournira de l’aide, de quelle façon vous allez amener votre enfant à la maison et si vous aurez besoin de vous procurer des médicaments ou du matériel médical particuliers.</li> <li>Il est important que votre bébé se présente à ses rendez-vous de suivi afin que son équipe de soins de santé puisse poursuivre sa surveillance et diagnostiquer toute complication potentielle ou tout effet à long terme sur sa santé.</li> <li>Certains parents éprouveront de la difficulté à s’ajuster à la présence de leur bébé à la maison après le traumatisme de l’unité néonatale de soins intensifs.</li></ul>

 

 

Going home1860.00000000000Going homeGoing homeGEnglishNeonatologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)NANANAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZAndrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPC9.0000000000000059.0000000000000759.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about issues that parents and caregivers must address in order to prepare for a premature baby's departure from the hospital, and arrival at home.</p><p>There are many things to consider when taking your baby home. Depending on your baby's medical needs you may need to purchase special medical equipment or medications. There will also be a certain level of stress on the parents who will be caring for their baby at home without a medical team for the first time. Take time to think about and plan what you need to do to get ready to take your baby home.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Before your baby goes home, think about who will care for your child and provide help, how you will get your baby home, and if you need to purchase special medications or medical equipment.</li> <li>It is important to bring your baby for follow-up appointments so that the health-care team can continue to monitor them and diagnose any potential complications or long-term health effects.</li> <li>Some parents will have a difficult time adjusting to having their baby at home after the trauma of witnessing their baby in the NICU.</li></ul><figure> <img alt="Twin premature babies" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/twins-in-pink-NICU-BRAND-PH_EN.jpg" /> </figure> <p>You need to think about how you will get your baby home from the hospital. Please consider these questions:</p><p>Have you obtained a car seat that will accommodate a small baby? Special attachments to baby car seats are available and may need to be used for a premature baby’s trip home. Staff at the hospital should be able to indicate where these are available and should also help you strap your baby into the car seat. Some babies, especially those who have had breathing problems may need to be tested to see if they can tolerate sitting up in a car seat for an extended period of time without problems.</p><p>Are you planning to take your baby home from the hospital by bus, train, or airplane? If so, please contact the person responsible for patient discharge before booking your ticket. they can help you make special arrangements with the transportation company.</p><h2>Caring for your baby</h2><p>Caring for your baby when they get home from hospital will take a lot of time and energy. If you have other children at home, you may need extra help. Think about the following questions:</p><ul><li>Who will be caring for your baby when they come home?</li><li>How will your partner help you with the new baby and the other children?</li><li>Do you have other family or friends who will be able to help you if needed? You may need help with things like grocery shopping, cleaning, and laundry.</li></ul><h2>Medications</h2><p>Your baby may have been prescribed medications after their stay at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Here are some points to keep in mind:</p><ul><li>Get the drugs before you go home. You can obtain them from the hospital pharmacy or any pharmacy recommended by the treatment team. Your local pharmacy may not have all these medications in stock. It could take several days to order them.</li><li>Make friends with your local pharmacist. They can tell you about the services they offer, and whether they can provide future prescriptions. Some medicines are specially made for babies and are formulated in such a way as to make them easier to administer.</li><li>Find out if your insurance plan will cover the cost of medicines. Some plans through work will cover these costs. If you don’t have insurance, the treatment team may help you find out about drug plans and other types of financial support. Register as soon as possible. You might not get your money back if you buy medicines before registering.</li></ul><h2>Medical equipment</h2><p>If your baby is to be sent home with some medical equipment, you should know how to use it and how this equipment will be set up in terms of space, power, and maintenance at your home.</p><p>Staff at the hospital who are responsible for patient discharge can provide you with information about where you can rent these items. Your health insurance from work or government may cover the cost for a short time. If not, you may be able to borrow some of these items from local organizations for short periods. If you need them for a long time, you may be able to get funding from some of these organizations.</p><p>The end of treatment at the NICU is an important milestone for your baby and your family. Take this opportunity to celebrate your baby’s and family’s accomplishment. It’s also an occasion where you can show your appreciation for your other children’s support for their sibling.</p><h2>Future health</h2><p>It’s natural for parents to wonder and worry about what their baby’s life will be like in the coming years and into childhood.</p><p>A complete and detailed picture of the long-term effects of prematurity is not always possible. The future depends on your baby’s individual situation as well as your family environment. However, we can describe some of the possible effects that your child may experience, and give you information on how they are screened, managed, and treated. This is why it is important for your baby to come regularly to follow-up clinics as they grow into childhood. Depending on your location, the follow-up clinic may be at the hospital you have left or at another hospital. If follow-up clinics are not available in your area, the next best thing is to get a paediatrician and make sure they are aware of all the circumstances of your child’s birth.</p><p>Some children may develop health or learning problems that have a long-lasting impact. Some problems appear during treatment. Others can appear months or even years later. These are called late effects. Some of these long-term effects may be serious. Early treatments, therapies, and interventions will help minimize these effects and encourage your baby to function at the top of their abilities.</p><h2>Effect on parents</h2><p>Some parents have difficulty getting over the trauma of witnessing their premature infant in the NICU. Even after the baby has gone home and is thriving, parents can be distressed when there is no immediate and apparent reason to be. Some parents have even been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of their experience of having their infant stay at the NICU.</p><p>The usual first symptoms of PTSD are similar to symptoms of depression. If you, as a parent of a child who spent time in an NICU, feel depressed, speak to your doctor. Even if many months have gone by since your child was released from the NICU, you may still be at risk for PTSD.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/twins-in-pink-NICU-BRAND-PH_EN.jpgGoing home

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