What Should You Do If Your Preemie Is In The NICU?


Your emotions are entangled in that tiny little preemie bundle, and you are having difficulty grasping this small, wrinkled likeness of a baby that is hooked to every possible device that might be yours. But when your heart is crushed in more places than you could ever imagine, and the waiting feels eternal, you are greeted severely as a new parent.

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It's simply mind-boggling when you think that 1300 preterm babies are born in the United States every day. If you're reading this, you're presumably the parent of one of these premature babies. What do you have control over in this new out-of-control environment of "life" in the NICU?

Attend to Your Preemie

Being present for your infant is the first thing you can manage. You may appear to be standing around (in the way) and not being helpful, yet you are actually doing a vital task. Your voice, touch, prayers, and deep love are all things your preemie desires while he or she struggles to gain strength. Your baby can see, hear, and maybe feel you. You are valuable and required.

It is as crucial that you are present psychologically. Everything feels "out of body" and weird, but you may start focusing on the necessities of your preemie's care. Discover your baby's routine, responses, and health constraints. Keep yourself educated about everything so that you can see the minor details that are ignored in your preemie's care. You may then propose that these issues be addressed from an informed standpoint, rather than as a panicked parent.

Knowledge Is Might

"Knowledge Is Power," as the adage goes. This is significant given that you are now your baby's cheerleader and coach for the remainder of his or her life. Begin learning everything you can about your preemie's medical requirements now and in the future. Books, articles (such as this one), your baby's doctor, reliable websites, and other experienced preemie parents may provide you with a wealth of inspiration, information, and instruction.

It may be impossible to find the time when you are so strained, but proceed gently and remain at it when you do find it. Set tiny objectives for yourself. Remember that setting objectives will get you far further than not doing so. You can do some of these activities when your baby is in the NICU.

Consider the Future

Finally, consider the future. It may seem foolish to plan out what type of parent you want to be for the next 18 years, but long-term goal setting is an important task for every parent. It is difficult to realize that time will soon take up the pace and the years will fly past right now, as it appears to drag on indefinitely. Practice small things now, like patience, and it will be easier later on when your preemie is older.

How will you react to your premature child when he or she does something that makes you furious, disturbed, irritated, outraged, joyful, or laugh? How will you discipline and reward your child? Who will you allow your youngster to be around, and who will you not? Do you want to create any new family traditions? What good habits do you want your preemie to develop?

It is much more difficult to slip into continual concern if you keep your thoughts occupied with all of the things you can do for your new infant. Try not to worry (even if it seems impossible) about "will my kid make it," "what type of difficulties will my baby have," "I can't do this anymore," "Is my baby in pain?" and anything else is bothering you. Maintain your concentration on your goals and keep your mind thinking of good ideas even when tempted to do otherwise.

Remember that you are the best parent your preemie could have, and your baby is counting on you. You can accomplish it if you take each day as it comes. At times, you may need to break it down by minutes, dealing with one problem at a time. You are not alone, and you can overcome this adversity as many other parents have.