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Parenting your NICU baby

February 15, 2016
  • Parents play a very important role in helping their infants through this difficult time. We encourage you to take an active part in caring for your baby as his or her condition permits.
  • We encourage you to visit and take part in your baby’s care as much possible. Holding, touching, feeding, diapering, bathing, taking temperature, etc., are all aspects of caring for your baby that your nurse will teach you, step-step, as you and your baby are ready. If you wish to coordinate your visits around feeding times, bath time, etc., please call and tell us when you are going to visit. We encourage you to bring any questions or concerns you have to the staff.
  • Your baby’s safety is our priority. We require that parents and siblings, as well as, all visitors wash their hands for one full minute before entering the unit. Hand washing protects your baby from infection.
  • Please inform your baby’s nurse if you have a cold, runny nose, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, cold sores, fever blisters, fever, pink eye, chicken pox or other symptoms that could be considered contagious. Please also inform your baby’s nurse if you think you were exposed to a contagious illness. Premature babies and full-term infants who are sick can catch infections very easily. You can speak to the nurse or doctor and decide if it is safe for you to spend time with your baby. If you are ill, check with the nurse or doctor about when you may resume parenting or visiting.
  • We encourage you to ask questions about your baby. Please do not hesitate to discuss any concerns with the nurse or doctor. They will make every effort to talk with you when you visit your baby. If they are not able to speak to you during your visit, you will be asked to call them later.
  • You may be asked to leave the unit for a few minutes in case of an emergency or if a special procedure must be performed. Please do not be concerned with this measure. We need to allow ample space for our specialists to tend to your baby or another baby in the unit as necessary.
  • We encourage you to take pictures of your baby. Flash cameras are allowed and will not harm your baby.
  • Please respect the privacy of the other infants and their families by staying near your baby’s bedside.
  • Confidentiality: In order to maintain the privacy of all the infants and their families, please limit your questions only to matters concerning your baby. We can give information only to parents. Grandparents, other relatives and friends will be directed to the infant’s parents for information concerning your baby.
  • In preparation for your baby’s discharge, you will have the option of rooming-in with the baby to facilitate the transition to the home environment. Appropriate accommodations will be made.
  • In preparation for your baby’s discharge, the rescue skills of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are taught at the bedside or at one of the scheduled classes. Please arrange with your baby’s nurse to learn CPR or to schedule your session.

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