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Preemie babies in scbu parents role

preemie baby in scbu

premature babies in special care the preemie baby in scbu


premature babies looked are looked after in the NICU HDU or SCBU in the first instance. The hospital team at delivery will assess what their baby needs in terms of care, then they will be whisked off quickly to an be looked after in a special incubator or hot cot.

The hardest part for a mum and dad having a premature baby, is the fact of the earlier than expected birth.Can often be associated with trauma especially for babies born before the 30th week mark in pregnancy. The earlier the baby is delivered at the more weeks of a stay it is for them to be looked after in special care.


Mum and dad can be involved right from the start in the care of a premature baby in the Nicu or SCBU. Depending how poorly baby is doesn't mean you cannot help at all or just to sit at the side and watch. Take an active role as soon as possible you will feel much better for it. Not all the time will you be able to help but tell the nurses you want to do your part. If they don't know you want to help they may just leave you at baby's special care bedside but become involved. To take part even if its just reading to your baby a story so he or she can hear your voice or to touch a little finger or hold a precious hand through the incubators for babies.
Article by Heaven and Hope

what is the Parents role for babies in special care.

1.If mum is too poorly to take photos after baby is whisked off to the intensive care unit. Get dad or a nurse to do it for you,remember to takes lots and lots of baby pictures in the N.I.C.U.
Not only to treasure baby memories from day one, but to help keep your mind off the fact you will be so frustrated that you cannot hold and cuddle your premature baby just yet.

 

2.Dad or a friend can buy a scrapbook to recorded every milestone.A milestone is a daily step nearer to going home from the NICU.

 

2.Try to be involved in the care of your early baby, as soon as the hospital staff say you can do. Not only will it help you bond with baby, but you will feel more in control in some of the care that you can give your ever so tiny baby.Helping to relieve some of the stress caused by traumatic early birth.Plus seeing your little one connected to all the wires etc in the N.I.C.U. room.

 

3.As soon as possible check with the hospitals policy on kangaroo care.Its a close relationship time that happens for short periods whilst baby is in the NICU. Baby is placed in direct skin to skin contact on your chest.It helps baby get a deeper level of sleep and both you and baby feel closer to each other.Plus less stress for both you and baby.

 

3. Don't bottle up your feelings,and ask as many questions as you like even if you forget, nurses can give you good moral support when you need it as well as talking to other members of your family.You will feel a lot better by sharing your built up emotions with others.

 

4. The whole experience of having a premature sized infant can leave you with feeling out of your depth.At one point you will be fit and ready for discharge but baby may have to stay behind.it can put a lot of burden on the family as you take frequent visit back and forth to the hospital each day.

 

5.keep an Early Baby Diary.Record every moment good or bad.every milestone your baby reaches as it is one step further to you taking him/her Finally home.

 

6.Talk to other mums on the ward. You may be surprised, as well other new mums sharing their experience with you,and giving each other moral support, it also can be a way of generating new friends with mums of premature babies,which could even develop lifelong friendships between your premature children.