When a baby or infant comes into the medical facility of a hospital, there are typically a handful of parents who have been through the process already. They are usually there to talk about the ups and downs, the good and the bad. Most parents want to know what they can do to help their children survive when they come into the NICU (pneumonia, infection, acute respiratory distress syndrome). In fact, they have probably already experienced some of these things.
The parents are often very shaken by the experience. They may be thinking about their children’s future when they are in the hospital and not just their present. For these people, words like “life support” and “lifeline equipment” may bring on a wave of emotions that can make them incoherent.
If these people speak with another couple, or even another friend, they may begin to share their experiences. This is when it gets interesting. One parent may share with the other parent some vital information that might help the other parent to see a different perspective. These conversations are often followed by a parent sharing with the other parent how their children have responded to being in the neonatal care unit.
Some parents may feel overwhelmed when they first come to the hospital. It is normal to feel this way. Most parents have never been in this position before. They may have no experience at all of how their children respond to being in the care of NICU staff. There is a simple explanation for this, however.
Many children who spend their first days in the NICU are those who have been born prematurely. This means that they may be very weak, have small brains, and very little ability to take in food and oxygen properly. This may result in these children not eating properly, or not gaining weight, which can lead to the other issues that parents feel are affecting their children.
Parents may not be aware that they themselves are having feelings of distress and confusion. Sometimes the mothers are unaware that they are having a problem until they are admitted into the NICU. This can lead to some mothers feeling overwhelmed but feeling too confused to do anything. In fact, many mothers may have a sudden surge of energy and motivation that leads them right back into the delivery room. This can be dangerous. It is best for parents to remember that they may not always be able to tell their husband or wife that something may be wrong.
For parents who feel overwhelmed and confused by their newborn’s condition, ask for some support. Ask the nurses and doctors who are treating your infant whether they have contact information for family and friends. Many babies’ hospitals are a short driving distance from a local hospital and many parents have been able to find some comfort in the people who are caring for their infants. You may also want to contact a hospital chaise lounge to see if there is anyone who will help you.
If you follow these eight survival tips for families with infants in the NICU, you will likely find that your little one will be stable and come through this crisis with little to no medical complications. You will also discover that you have some valuable family time to yourselves, bonding over this wonderful experience. Remember to keep encouraging, even when things get tough!
Infants in the NICU come up against a variety of health problems, including respiratory infections, dehydration, and low birth weight. Parents should remember that these infants will need constant medical attention throughout their lives. While doctors and nurses will want to take care of these problems as soon as possible, it is vital that parents try to be sensitive to their babies’ needs. For instance, while doctors and nurses check for infections, it may be a good idea for parents to stay close by and monitor the condition of their children.
There are many different special considerations when dealing with babies and children in the NICU. For instance, many infants will need an intensive care unit (ICU). These infants require more extensive medical care than normal infants, including specialized medical equipment and monitoring. If parents do not have this type of money available to them, consider buying a stroller so that you and your other children can visit the doctor in addition to the infants you are caring for.
In addition to taking your children to the doctor, you should also make plans for getting your family members back home safely if you must leave them. Keep everyone updated with regards to what is going on with your family and try to keep them in the loop as much as possible. This way, if something does happen to you or one of your family members, your other family members will know what to do and be able to help. While it may seem like a disaster at times, being a good friend to your other family members and having them be there for you and your children can make this experience less traumatic.