If your newborn is getting care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), you'll want to learn as much as you can about your child's health. The more you learn, the better prepared you'll be to help and care for your baby.
What Should I Ask the Doctors and Nurses?
Below are some questions you might want to ask:
Why is my baby here?
Will I be able to hold or touch my baby?
Can I stay with my baby? Can I sleep here?
What is my baby’s daily care plan? What treatments is my baby getting?
What medicines is my baby getting?
Do the medicines have side effects?
What types of tests will be done? Why does my baby need these tests?
Nurses are responsible for the daily care of your baby, such as feeding, changing, bathing, and giving medicines. You can ask your baby's nurse questions about how to care for your baby in the NICU. You will also be encouraged to take part in your baby’s care when your baby is healthy enough for you to do so.
What Should I Ask the Social Worker?
The hospital's social worker and case manager are there to support your family. Some questions you might want to ask:
What services does the hospital offer to families?