Keeping your baby healthy after the NICU

Neonatologist Philippe Friedlich, MD, shares advice for parents on the best ways to help keep your newborn baby healthy after leaving the NICU and going home
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Keeping your baby healthy after the NICU

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Your doctor will talk to you about some specific issues of bringing your baby home. One of them is the vulnerability of your baby. For example, during the winter months when there are flu or respiratory viruses that your baby may be exposed to, it's very important to be sure that your baby is immunized against some of those viruses and also to make sure that your baby is not exposed to anyone with sick symptoms. So if anybody in the family has a runny nose or a cold, it is better not to expose your baby to such contact. In all other aspects, whether your baby is premature or term, the care will be fairly much the same - ensuring that your baby has a safe place to sleep; that your baby is placed on its back during sleep, or on its side; and to continue the medications, if your baby has received medications at the time of discharge, at a regular time day and night. Other than that, your baby will continue to feed and grow and will have a full life, whether premature or term. And your role is to be as nurturing as possible, to forget the intensiveness of the care in the hospital. You're now at home. Will be in a more quiet, suitable environment for optimizing his growth.

Neonatologist Philippe Friedlich, MD, shares advice for parents on the best ways to help keep your newborn baby healthy after leaving the NICU and going home

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Philippe Friedlich, MD

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Philippe Friedlich, MD, MS Epi, MBA is the Associate Director and Division Chief of the Center for Fetal and Neonatal Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as well as the Medical Director of the hospital’s Newborn & Infant Critical Care Unit (NICCU). Dr. Friedlich is a professor of Pediatrics and Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.   

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