ROP in Preemies

ROP, an acronym for retinopathy of prematurity, is relatively common in premature babies. The earlier the preemie(e.g. 23 or 24 weeks) the higher the chance the child will develop ROP. Don’t fret, our child has ROP, you are not alone. Our baby will have her corrective surgery tomorrow, and we have got the rundown onContinue reading “ROP in Preemies”

First Bottle Feed- Preemie

Preemie parents are all the same, but are all subjected to different circumstance. No preemie story will be the same, which is why blogs are the best way to obtain knowledge and guidance. Different babies generally have similar care but there are so many diagnosis’s for preemie children there is no telling who will goContinue reading “First Bottle Feed- Preemie”

Level III & Level IV NICU Units

What level of care is best for your preemie baby? Many preemie parents are confused and lost in the Preemie and NICU world because they are NEW to it. That is ok, we were to. When our baby was born she was at a hospital with a level III(3) NICU unit. We stayed at thisContinue reading “Level III & Level IV NICU Units”

Stomach Drain Removal(Repl)-Preemies

Our baby finally had her repl (stomach drain) removed. It is pronounced “Re’ pO Gal” by the nurses. The repl is common in preemies. Look at the picture below, note the tube going thru this babies nose. This is the repl, it can go thru the nose or mouth, both options pass through throat andContinue reading “Stomach Drain Removal(Repl)-Preemies”

Stress on Parents of Preemie Babies- Preemie

NICU parents are subjected to an array of struggles and challenges while their child spends time in the medical unit. Not only tangible hurdles such as traveling and sleeping arrangements hinder parents mental well being, but intangible hurdles such as depression and anxiety pose a major threat as well. It is perhaps the most indescribableContinue reading “Stress on Parents of Preemie Babies- Preemie”

We made it to the swing- Preemie

We walked into the hospital today and were overcome with happiness to see our baby girl in a swing. It has been a long road, at times we never thought we would see this day. Surgery after surgery called for anxiety and ill thoughts. Staying positive is key for preemie parents, what the doctors tellContinue reading “We made it to the swing- Preemie”

NEC in Preemies

NEC, otherwise known as Necrotizing Enterocolitis, is a very serious issue that affects many prematurely born babies. The exact amount of premature babies afflicted by NEC varies(as preemies range from being born between 22 weeks to 37 weeks gestation) but it is somewhere around 10 percent. My child was diagnoses with NEC. This is aContinue reading “NEC in Preemies”

Preemie Baby- She has arrived!

My wife and I just had our first child. For most this would be a monumental moment, for us, it has been bittersweet. Our child was born at 23 weeks’ gestation due to something as silly as an ignored UTI. Yes ladies, be careful with your UTIs, yeast infections, and other bodily nuisances that comeContinue reading “Preemie Baby- She has arrived!”