What kind of support are the parents given when they take their preemie home?
The infants medical condition at discharge could range from normal infant care to more complicated medical issues. Parental support could include medication teaching, home cardio/respiratory monitor classes, oxygen therapy instruction, respiratory treatments, modified feedings. Follow up appointments may include general pediatric visits, pediatric specialist appointments (i.e.: cardiology etc.) newborn apnea clinic, newborn follow up developmental programs. Parents are discharged from the NICU with detailed contact information for their infants needs and are encouraged to call the NICU with any general questions regarding the care of their infant after discharge.
- What guidance is available around choice of care setting/care home given the economical difference in costs associated to both when the PCT is responsible for funding?
- What kind of support are the parents given when they take their preemie home?
- Whats a good exercise routine for parents to try with their kids at home?