NICU Baby? Lessons on how to take care of a baby in NICU? What to do for your grandchild and how to do it properly? These questions and more are all answered by the NICU nursing staff.
Listen to their instructions so that when the baby comes home, you will be prepared to help Mom and Dad.
Sleep my Grandson!
Amazingly, you may even see a first grin while still in NICU!
Plants should be delivered to the home since NICU doesn't allow plants!
A NICU Baby is very special usually a preemie or a baby born with a birth issue that requires specialized treatment and care from a variety of doctors and specialists.
After you have cleared the check in process at the desk and followed the hand washing procedures as explained in Welcome to NICU, you check in with the NICU nurse.
I hope you will enjoy this YouTube video on "32 week Preemie Samuel's Month in NICU and Year." Our twin grandsons were born at 33 weeks, however, both weighed much less than Samuel. Most of the same challenges that are described in Samuel's video were experienced by my grandsons. In fact, Baby B was in the NICU for almost 6 weeks.
Please understand that all children born with these issues must struggle and all become fighters to just live! Thankfully, our grandchildren both lived through this experience!
Viewing this video brought back so many memories and is so important in sharing a unique NICU experience.
Remember that the NICU Baby will have a specific time for feeding throughout the day and you need to report 15 minutes early before those times to change diapers, clothes, and wrap in a warm blanket. The nurses will let you know if your hospital times are different.
These specific guidelines are followed each time you enter the NICU pod.
With twin boys, there was always an extra baby to love, feed and diaper. If my son-in-law was at work, either my husband or I would help our daughter during the day with this process.
At first I would ask the NICU nurse to assist with the wiring and tubes, but if your NICU Baby is there for longer than a week, you're confidence grows and you are able to do these procedures by yourself.
Remember, these babies are so tiny and appear fragile, but they are stronger than we think!
So now is the time to ask those specific questions you may have of the professional staff. They are so helpful and informative about your grandchild!
A special time during the NICU stay is when the baby is feeling better and nearing time to go home.
Nurses will ask you to bring in your baby book and they will imprint feet and hand prints on pages.
You will look back in years to come and be amazed at how tiny your grandchildren were at birth!
So below are the guidelines that the NICU nurses suggested before feeding.
Remember you can do this.
Although you may be concerned at first, you will become confident and understand that you will grasp these methods.
Take a moment and be thankful you made it through that initial process. Use the Boppy
in the unit (Mom brought from home). The nurse will give you the bottle
that you will use to feed the baby. Mom is still pumping to get her
milk started but the colostrum is very good for the NICU Babies or any baby. Mom will
continue to pump while in the hospital and at home until her breast milk
is established and the babies are able to breast feed. Or in my daughter's case, she continue to pump and bottle fed her babies.
This is Nana's first time to visit the twins in NICU. She is so excited and will use the Boppy to help steady the babies in her lap.
The first picture below is of the tiny caps that the boys had to wear throughout their stay while in the NICU.
If you will notice there are two small packages with a gold duck and bear inside. These sticky tabs were used to hold the wires in place on the babies chest.
Also, the smallest of diapers was used on our grandbabies.
In the next picture, I decided to compare the diapers of a preemie and size 4 diapers that my grandchildren are now wearing at their first birthday! Wow!
Amazing growth in 12 months!
A NICU Baby or preemies are held
outward with his head turned to the side. (No close in the arm
feeding.) This technique is called "side lying" for holding and feeding. This allows the baby to eat and breathe properly and
allow you to view if the baby begins to choke. You also can admire
your beautiful grandchild during the feeding! Does he have your ears
or pretty eyes? Remember, most babies are born with blue eyes and
these can change up to six months.
If the baby has difficulty latching on to the bottle, help it by moving the bottle into the baby's mouth in the corner. The baby should drink a portion of the bottle, then burp the baby by gently patting the baby's back. Our nurses continually reminded us of the importance of burping the babies which would reduce reflux and gas issues while the baby was laying in bed. Continue feeding and burp again. Hold your baby securely until the baby is finished eating.
The nurse will assist you in returning the NICU Baby or newborn to the warming bed until you become comfortable enough to do it yourself--that time will come before your grandchild leaves the NICU!
Attached below is a YouTube video on the "Side Lying Bottle Feeding of The Premature Infant" that will make it easier for the grandparents to see the procedure that most NICU's have you use.
As you become aware of the NICU, you will have specific questions that you need answered. The NICU Staff will be very informative.