Life in the NICU

YOU ARE NOT A VISITOR, BUT AN ESSENTIAL PART OF YOUR BABY'S CARE TEAM!

Seeing your baby in the NICU for the first time may be overwhelming. Your baby will be under a radiant warmer or in an isolette, and connected to other equipment. Nonetheless, interacting with your baby is very important for recovery. We encourage you to touch your baby and become involved in his care as soon as possible. Feel free to take pictures of your baby.

Being with your baby means you will be away from your family, friends and other children. Your life may become somewhat chaotic, at least until you have established a routine. Please pay attention to your own emotional needs and take time out to rejuvenate yourself. It is important to find a balance between spending time with your baby and tending to the rest of your needs.

VISITING GUIDELINES

  • Parents are welcome in the NICU at all times. You are not a visitor!
  • Consult your baby’s nurse about visiting times for other family
    members and friends.
  • Parents and visitors should scrub their hands before entering the
    NICU, and again before touching your baby.
  • Pease do not bring sick friends or family into the NICU.
  • Please consult your baby’s nurse regarding which toys and gifts are
    appropriate to bring into the NICU.
  • Please advise your friends and relatives not to call the NICU. They
    should get information about your baby directly from you. Some
    families use social media to get the word out.

QUESTIONS TO ASK IN THE NICU

  • How long will my baby be in the NICU?
  • What are my baby’s problems (and diagnoses)?
  • Can you tell me about my baby’s treatment and daily care?
  • What medications will be given to my baby?
  • What tests will my baby receive?
  • When will I be able to nurse or bottle-feed my baby?
  • How can I help my baby now?
  • When will I be able to hold my baby?
  • What special care will my baby need when we get home
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