Heads up on RSV Season

Heads up on RSV Season

As we head into the Winter season and that means the possibility of more colds, the flu, or other unwanted bugs coming into your house. One of the most unwanted viruses is RSV, which stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. You have probably heard the abbreviation spoken many times during your NICU stay, and it may have you a little freaked out. 
Let’s breakdown RSV: Here is the definition, according to WebMD: 
“Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common and very contagious virus that infects the respiratory tract of most children before their second birthday. For most babies and young children, the infection causes nothing more than a cold. But for a small percentage, infection with RSV can lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening problems such as pneumonia or bronchiolitis, an inflammation of the small airways of the lungs.”
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Biggest NICU Question: When Can Preemie Go Home?

Biggest NICU Question: When Can Preemie Go Home?

It is understandable that as soon as you begin healing up, have visited with your new baby, and met with the hospital staff as to your little one’s well being, your first question will be, "When can we all go home?" When I had my babies over 30 years ago, that was the first thing on my mind! The wonderful saying from the Wizard of Oz went through my mind, "There is no place like home; there is no place like home!" These feelings will ring even louder when you have been in the NICU a few days or weeks, and you want to bring your little preemie home.

First, I preface this with the fact that every hospital has its own protocol and requirements for going home. This article is just a broad accumulation of information we have gathered for you. There will be some milestones your baby needs to first reach before this can happen. Whenever we write about these types of things we must add, "Ask your hospital for their specific requirements." That goes for clothing, visitors, and the timing for baby going home.
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