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by Bortaz, RN

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What is/are the one or two questions you get asked most by parents in the NICU? For me, the hands down winner is "What's his weight today??". Not "is he doing ok?" or "what are his chances at survival?" It's forever the... Read More


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    When Mom/Dad/grandparents call for an update: "What's the baby doing right now?"

    The answer that I usually give, since it's true most of the time (especially for our littlest ones): He/she's sleeping/resting quietly right now...

    The answer that I'm tempted to give on the most stressful days, but don't: Tapdancing, hula hooping, jumping rope, doing gymnastics, reciting poetry.
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    One of the moms commented that their little girl seemed extra tired. I said that's because we do baby races at night and place bets on who's fastest
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    YES! Weight is a concrete measurable number that leaves no one guessing.

    Not at all subjective like, "Honey, do I look fat?". Even if you weigh 110 lbs but have a big booty you don't want to hear "you look fine". Too subjective.

    And weight gain is considered a POSITIVE, reassuring standard for improving health status which is what parents are so desirous of.

    Makes sense to me!
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    Yes, but if you just asked the weight 3 hours ago...
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    Quote from Bortaz, RN
    Yes, but if you just asked the weight 3 hours ago...
    Yeah - there's a problem there.
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    When my son was in the RNICU and the CICU, I was always super worried about his weight, because the lower his weigh got, the sicker he became and was more likely to get infections. I asked at every bath and bed change. I would also ask every morning how the night went to check on his sats, heart rate, bp, etc.
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    Parents are so scared, I think they just don't know what to ask. Also, they have other family members asking them for info, so the wt is something they can share. Our families have a rough time, that's for sure. Might seem like we're joking abt it, but we do understand!
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    #1 would definitely be about weight, which I totally understand.
    Also,
    "What's his oxygen at?" (FiO2)
    "Did he poop today?"
    "When can he take a bottle?" (NPO kid)
    "Has he been crying?"
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    I am NOT a NICU nurse.. just wanted to send kudos to all of you that are. You are angels in my book!

    Diane
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    I'm sure I was one of those parents who asked that question on a daily basis. My son was a 30wk preemie and in the NICU for 2 months (hydrops fetalis). I was nowhere near nursing at the time and the weight question was the only thing I could really understand or relate to. He lost 2.5lbs of his 5.5lbs with the diuretics and so I was desperate to see him gain even an ounce or two.

    Thankfully, my son is now a healthy and strong 15.5 year old. <3
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