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The medical team will look at several factors to decide if your baby can go home.

  • He must weigh between 1800 and 3000 g, depending on his state of health.
  • He must have sufficient respiratory maturity.
  • He must be able to nurse or bottle-feed and gain 15 to 30 g daily.

After hospitalization, premature babies often need special medical and paramedical follow-up, so that they can be screened for potential developmental problems and begin treatments if necessary.  Some children require no treatments. Only a minority will need to be monitored for a longer period, which may range from several months to several years.

During baby’s first weeks at home, you may feel anxious, even if you’re happy to be home. You’ll certainly have an adjustment period to get through. If you are concerned, do not hesitate to contact your CLSC.

Don’t forget to plan breaks for yourself, to get some rest. Don’t worry about doing housework. Ask for help. Grandparents, family and friends can be of invaluable assistance. They can pitch in to get baby’s room ready, do certain household chores, accompany you to the hospital, or discuss what you’re going through. But limit the number of visitors if you feel the need for peace and quiet.