when did you take baby out in public

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby jfindley » Fri Jul 31, 2009 00:21 am

Hi again Holiday. I recently spoke to my ped about this issue as we were debating daycare for our 26weeker (now 8months) He said that if a preemie has made it past his first RSV season and doesn't have Chronic lung Disease, then he is considered a "former" preemie and doesn't have the same vulnerability as he did upon discharge. Since your discharge date was in the summer, from what I have read, it seems you should probably stay out of indoor/crowded places for now and definitely stay inside and away from people during RSV season. Is Jasmine going to get the Synagis treatments this winter?

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby holiday » Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:47 am

Well I had asked the ped and got some non answer lol. So I figured I would get better advice here :o)

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby jmom08 » Wed Jul 29, 2009 03:49 pm

DS was born at 36 weeks (no NICU) but the pediatrician recommended we stay home during RSV season (2+ mos), so we did. He was probably 4 months before we started taking him in public very often. When my friend's daughter spent time at Children's Hospital with (still undiagnosed) immune system problem, she was advised not to go places like malls for a few months until her system had time to recover, and definitely to avoid during crowded hours (something about germs in circulated air). I hope your pediatrician has some good guidance, and hope you guys stay healthy!

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby kdreher » Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:32 am

Honestly I would wait quite a few months. Michael was born end of Nov, came home end of Dec, had Synagis shot from Dec through April. We went to my mom's once or twice but that was it. First time in a public setting was in May. Even now I prefer not to take him to many public places like stores or restaurants..no need to if he can be at home. Our pedi recommeneded not outings until after RSV season....

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby mlcoltrain » Tue Jul 28, 2009 02:35 pm

Morgan was born in July and came home in Oct, right at the start of RSV season. I don't remeber for sure if she got shots that first year or not. She was on apnea and oxygen so we only took her out for doctor visits. In the beginning she as having 2x weekly RoP doctor visits, 2hrs away, those were fun. She was off oxygen by December and monitor by Feb, but we still kept her out of public except for doctors until April. After that it wasn't to really crowded places if we did take her out, if I did have to take her to the store I kept her covered up. The next year I am sure she got the Synagis shot so while we were still careful we weren't as nervous about taking her in public. We were also rather fortunate at the time that when Morgan was born we were living in a small town in OK so there really weren't a lot of places to take her out, so being "stuck" at home wasn't bad or too out of the ordinary.

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby mikeys mom » Tue Jul 28, 2009 07:07 am

I agree with the rest of the girls. I would speak to your pediatrician before venturing out..... With Mikey I was discharged 2/13/03 and we went out to my cousins house for the first time early May. After that I started taking him to open air places. I think in July or August he went on his first plane ride and then back to isolation once we hit October. Although he did get RSV shots again and a flu shot...

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby jfindley » Tue Jul 28, 2009 00:14 am

I still struggle with this issue. Per our Neonatologist and pediatrician, 26weeker (now 8 months old) was kept inside and only left the house for doc appointments for all of RSV season (dicharged in Feb and kept in "isolation" until May) At that point, he was only allowed to go out to outdoor locations. He came home on an apnea monitor, so when he was taken off of it, we began venturing out a bit. We have only just recently began taking him to indoor places like stores and restaurants(even though we always sit at the outdoor tables) Our pediatrician has guided us through these stages and I am sure yours will also give you indication when it is safe to venture out. Congratulations on your discharge!

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby blznbec » Mon Jul 27, 2009 06:05 pm

My son was born in October, came home in November and didn't go out until March and that was only for doctor appts. and to his daycare provider..pretty much the entire flu season. We got to be 'normal' in May.

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby hannahsmom » Mon Jul 27, 2009 05:34 pm

Hannah was discharged from the NICU in December and she didn't go out in public until April, except for Dr. appointments. It was so hard! The following RSV season she was on the synagis(sp?) shots again, so we felt better letting her out in public during her second RSV season.

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby denise » Mon Jul 27, 2009 04:25 pm

I'd check with your pedi. My SIL's baby was born at 28 weeks (PTL & placental abruption), he's three months old and her pedi has recommended they don't take him to any indoor crowded places through next April, after RSV. He'll be a year then. They can do public, outside places, but with care.

While both my kids were born later than your Jasmine, we took care for the first months to not have strangers touching them, everyone washing their hands, etc. We thought why risk it.

Enjoy having her home!


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