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Keep in mind that you won’t be sent home if your child is at risk, or if it’s thought that her spells could be dangerous. Your baby’s doctor may give you the choice to keep your baby in the NICU a little longer or go home with a monitor. In that case, it will be up to you and how comfortable you are with monitoring your baby. Take All Feedings by Mouth

Premature babies are not as strong as full-term babies and aren’t able to coordinate sucking and swallowing until about 32 to 34 weeks gestational age. Most premature babies are nourished with total parenteral nutrition ( TPN, an IV fluid) at first. They are then fed through a feeding tube until they’re strong enough to drink from the breast or from a bottle.

Many NICU’s want to see a baby not only gaining weight on scheduled feedings but able to do so on ad lib schedules (feeding when the baby is hungry rather than by the clock). This usually happens around 37 weeks gestational age, although some babies—especially those who have had severe respiratory problems— may take longer.

At first, most premature babies need to sleep in an incubator to stay warm. This is an enclosed apparatus with a clear dome that has a heated platform on which babies lie. Premature babies aren’t able to keep themselves warm as well as full-term babies and will get too cold if they are not skin-to-skin in kangaroo care or kept in an incubator.

In addition to achieving the milestones noted above, specific screening tests will likely be required before you take your baby home. These may include a hearing test (either the otoacoustic emission or the automated auditory brainstem response tests), car seat safety check, testing for a hyperbilirubinemia, and screening for heart disease.

Before discharge, make sure that you learn infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), so you know what to do in case of an emergency. Additionally, you will receive the normal education that is done with full-term infants. This will likely include instruction on feeding, elimination, weight gain, and more.

Talk with your child‘s doctor or nurse to make sure that you know exactly how to care for your child when you get home. Ask any questions that you have, and find out if you can "room in" with your child during her last night or two to get the hang of things. A Word From Verywell

Every preemie will be different, so trust the NICU staff on when your little one is ready to come home. Rest assured that they will not send you home before you are comfortable managing any extra cares beyond those of caring for a healthy full-term newborn.

Before your baby goes home, make sure to get your own support system in place as well. Bringing home a premature infant can be stressful and you may feel a bit overwhelmed when you’re alone after the constant activity of the NICU. The good news is that the majority of babies who leave the NICU develop into healthy children.

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