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Discharge Guidelines

Some of the things your baby will need to accomplish before going home are:

  • Keep temperature within normal limits with clothes and a blanket.
  • Breathe without the help of a ventilator. Some infants may need to go home with oxygen.
  • Breastfeed well or take entire amount of feed by bottle and gain weight consistently.
  • Be medically stable.

Some things to consider before bringing your baby home:

  • Identify a pediatrician who will take care of your baby after discharge.
  • Bring an ice chest in which to take breast milk home. Check with lactation to determine the number of ice chests to bring.
  • Ask your nurse for a discharge teaching packet which has information regarding newborn care.
  • Ask the nurse for advice regarding what type of car seat to buy. Bring car seat to be checked by a Car Seat Advocate who has been specially trained to approve car seats for safety.
  • Watch car seat video offered on the ACH channel.
  • Take a CPR class (offered 3 times per week) in the NICU.
  • Bring clothes and blankets in which to take infant home.
  • Get follow-up clinic appointment cards and discharge instructions sheet.
  • Get immunization record from the nurse.
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