Going home isn’t the same as being home-free. You’ll have a lot on your plate, so some planning now may prevent unnecessary challenges later. Here are some helpful guidelines:
- Choose your pediatrician
Find a pediatrician who is familiar with premature baby needs. Let your NICU team know who your baby’s pediatrician will be after discharge from the hospital.
- Schedule baby's first checkup
Schedule your baby's first pediatrician visit within 2 days after she leaves the NICU. If any specialists are needed, make those appointments too. Be sure to take any hospital discharge papers to these appointments.
- Get hands-on practice
Ask your NICU team to help you get comfortable feeding and bathing your baby before going home. Practice giving her any medications or using any special equipment needed.
- Learn CPR
The peace of mind of knowing CPR is important for all parents of preemie or term infants.
- Take good notes
Write down all instructions that your healthcare team gives you about your preemie’s feeding schedule, as well as any other specific care items.
- Save the pediatrician’s number in your phone contacts
Store the number of your baby’s pediatrician in your mobile phone and keep it by your home phones. You can also keep your hospital’s NICU department number handy as a backup option.
Providing optimal nourishment for premature babies at home means having an understanding that your preemie has specific nutrition needs throughout her first year. Her body is working hard to catch up in the growth of her heart, lungs, eyes, brain, bones, and immune system. You can help her by having a nutrition plan.
Breast milk is the best choice for your premature baby. Your baby's healthcare team may add a "human milk fortifier" to your breast milk that is specially designed for babies born prematurely. It enhances mom’s milk with extra protein, vitamins, and minerals to help support a preemie’s high nutrition needs for growth and development.
A formula such as Similac® NeoSure® is specially made for premature babies. It’s designed to support brain, eyes, muscle, and bone growth, as well as your baby’s immune system. Similac NeoSure has been clinically shown to promote catch-up growth through your preemie’s first year of life.1
Learn more about how to make it part of your preemie’s nutrition plan.
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