The NICU can be a scary place, but once your baby is stabilized it becomes a safe haven for both of you. Now that it’s time to go home, you’re excited but probably also a little bit scared. There are things you can do to help allay those fears.
Let the Nurses Know You’re Feeling Uncertain
You might feel odd about letting the nurses know you’re feeling uncertain about leaving the NICU, but it’s something that they’ve heard before. They will be able to help you to determine what the scariest part is for you so that they can help you to figure out a solution. They can put you in touch with social workers and other assistance groups who might ease your fears somewhat. They’ll also show you exactly what you need to know about any equipment your baby needs at home.
Read the Follow-up Information and Ask Questions
Before you and your baby leave the NICU, the nurses and the care team will give you a packet of information. Read through that information and ask any questions that pop into your mind. Don’t feel bad about asking questions. That’s how you make sure that you know exactly what you need to do and what your baby needs.
Talk through Your Biggest Fears
Sometimes parents, particularly new parents, don’t feel comfortable talking about their biggest fears around leaving the NICU. If you don’t work through those fears, though, you might hold onto them far longer than you should. Give the NICU the chance to let you know whether those fears are even based in reality or not. The best news you could receive is that you’re overthinking a particular situation.
Consider Pediatric Home Health Care Services
In the NICU, you’ve got some backup even if you’re providing a good bit of care to your baby. When you head home, consider hiring pediatric home health care for children. They can help you to continue to feel more comfortable with your child’s special needs. They can help you with equipment and other issues you might run into soon after arriving home. This kind of help is like being able to bring the NICU nurses home with you.
No matter what is causing you to be afraid of the first few days or weeks out of the NICU, there is support available for you and your family. Make sure that you let someone know how you’re feeling so that they can help you to resolve those issues quickly and completely.
If you or a loved one are considering Pediatric Home Health Care Services in Munhall PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College, a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is currently a CPR/First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for the Allegheny County Respite Care Coalition, Gateway Health Plan, and the North Allegheny School District Elementary Advisory Council. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and Marshall Elementary Yearbook Committee.
Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more time on baseball and soccer fields than she does at home which helps her appreciate their family vacation time even more.
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