Get all of your baby’s prescriptions and vitamin recommendations from the doctors and have them filled. (Note: Check if a generic version can be substituted.)
Finally, request a copy of your baby’s discharge summary for your records and be sure to review any/all questions from your NICU journal about the baby’s care.
If you have multiples (twins, triplets, or more) and one of your babies goes home before the other(s), ask if you are allowed to bring him/her back to the NICU when visiting your other babies.
Ask for the results of your baby’s hearing screening and if you need to schedule a follow-up visit for your baby (___yes ___no).
Ask the NICU staff if you can stay in the NICU overnight or
Testing and prescription Notes:
Develop Care Skills
Ask your team for information about typical developmental milestones for your baby. Locate and learn about your local early intervention program and see how frequently you should have your baby assessed for developmental milestones. See MOST’s Developmental Milestone web page www.MOSTonline.org/membersonly/milestones.htm for more information.
Learn how to feed your baby, whether by bottle or breast. You should know how much your baby should drink at each feeding, how often you should feed your baby, and how to tell if the baby is getting enough. The hospital staff should help you learn how to use a breast pump if needed, and if you plan to nurse at the breast, be sure to ask for help and assistance nursing at least 3 times prior to discharge to help make the transition from pump to breast goes as smooth as possible once home. (Note: For multiples, nurse each baby 3 times at the breast prior to discharge.)
Ask about the exact purpose of all the medications your baby needs and get instructions on administration such as proper dosage, possible side effects, handling missed doses, effectiveness of medication, and what circumstances would necessitate a call to the your health care providers before administering medication. Practice giving the medication in the hospital if possible.
If your baby is going home and still requires the use of equipment such as an apnea monitor or oxygen, learn the proper use of the equipment as well as who and when to call if problems arise.
Make sure everyone involved in caring for your baby is trained in infant CPR.
List of People Needing CPR Training:
Ask your team about
recommended for your baby and what signs to detect if your baby is over-stimulated, tired or hungry. Get to know your baby’s personality, such as what he/she likes and dislikes, and how you should respond.
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