when did you take baby out in public

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby trish » Mon Jul 27, 2009 04:03 pm

My 3rd was barely early but she was just 5 lbs when she came home in late December. I kept her in a sling when we were out for the first few months. Most people didn't even realize there was a baby it but for those that did know, it kept curious hands away. But then she ended up with RSV at 13 months so go figure!

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby annes » Mon Jul 27, 2009 09:49 am

I agree with Kara, this is one of those pediatrician questions. I took my 35 weeker who was born in June "out" a lot last summer, but I mean literally "outside" for long walks. Good Luck, congrats on getting the baby home!

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby kara » Sun Jul 26, 2009 08:02 pm

In your location RSV season is ~ October-March. They monitor March to determine if it will extend into April.

Because of her extreme early birth, I would ask the pediatrician their recommendation on going out in public. If you do go out think baby sling. People are less inclined to breathe on, or attempt to touoch an infant when they are in a sling against momma's chest. And if they are so bold, you can turn away, rather than trying to manuever a stroller away.

Our doc told us that when she hit 8 lbs she could go out with obvious precaution...but sometimes it takes months for them to hit 8 lbs. I took her to a family gathering at 4 lbs, but didn't allow anyone to hold or touch her except me and her dad. She stayed in the sling.

We did take her out in rsv season, but only to places that were incrowded/open, and only when it was necessary or I was absolutely stir crazy. I'd take her to the grocery store at like 9 and 10pm when we were practically the only ones there.

But again, I would ask the pedi.

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Re : when did you take baby out in public

Postby sheri-ct » Sun Jul 26, 2009 08:01 pm

My 32 weekers were born in July and came home in September. I didn't take them out until April, but my DS still got RSV. I am pretty sure my DD also had it, but it was more like a cold for her. You can ask your pedi about RSV season. The hospitals let the pedi's know when they start seeing cases and how bad it is. When my DS got it, it was EVERYWHERE.......all of the PICU beds in the state were full. We were one blood gas from being shipped off to MA. My pedi told me that last year was pretty mild (at least in CT).

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when did you take baby out in public

Postby holiday » Sun Jul 26, 2009 06:24 pm

Jasmine got out of NICU on July 13. When would it be safe to maybe go to an uncrowded store/restaurant?

Also is RSV season Oct-March? Did you go out at all during the time, or completely stayed home?


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