5 questions about neonatal intensive care

5 questions about neonatal intensive care

Seeing your baby in a neonatal intensive care unit is a traumatic experience for any parent, says Dr. Jeffrey Bobrowitz of highly rated Children’s Medical Group of Greenwich in Connecticut. Asking questions can alleviate some of that tension. “The NICU is stressful, but the specialists are top-notch,” he says. “We know there are going to be questions and we want to answer them the best way we can.”

By asking the right questions, you can be a valuable asset to your baby’s progress, from first admittance to after care. To be an effective part of that progress, ask these key questions:

1. Are dedicated neonatologists available 24 hours a day to answer questions and address problems?

2. What’s going to happen while we’re in the NICU?

3. What comes next regarding testing and are the tests necessary?

4. Which specialists will be involved with my baby’s care after discharge?

5. Who makes sure those specialists share information with my baby’s primary care doctor?

 

 

 

 


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