Premature babies can have a lot of health issues. They will be subjected to stay in the NICU until the time they were due to born. But that time is not guaranteed, because every baby is different. Some can go before this expected time, on the other hand, some may have to stay little more. Some parents will be enthusiastic about taking their little one to home.
Breathe without support
Premature babies may have breathing difficulties & in NICU they breathe with respiratory help. When your baby gets ready to breathe her/his own without any help is a good sign & you can move to your home soon after. Some may have breathing issue for long term & they will be sending home with oxygen support.
Your premature baby can leave the hospital if she gains weight frequently & doesn’t lose that weight again. If your baby is born prematurely but he/she has enough weight as a full-term baby they will be having a lower chance to stay at the hospital for months.
Ready to take feedings through the mouth
Some babies may have problems in feeding because their intestines are not fully matured as the full term babies. So at beginning, they will feed through tubes. Once they get ready to take feedings through their mouth means they step one more step forward.
Able to keep themselves warm
In the beginning, they will be subjected to sleep in the incubator in order to maintain their body temperature because they can’t keep themselves warm as full-term babies. Once they maintain their body temperature in an open cradle means they are near to their goal.
These are all some symptoms shown by premature babies when they are ready to discharge from NICU. Your pediatrician will confirm that when your little one is ready to come with you. And take necessary instructions from the hospital staff for caring for your premature baby.