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Going Home: Your Infant's Discharge

From the time of admission, most parents want to know when their infant will be discharged. Although it's difficult to predict the specific day, there are a few practical goals your child should achieve before going home. These include:

  • Stabilization of weight loss
  • Ability to maintain a normal temperature
  • Ability to take nourishment by mouth
  • All medical problems have been addressed and therapy plans for treatment have been discussed
  • Discharge instructions have been completed
  • The parents and the family are comfortable with the child's care

The above are general guidelines. However, there may be exceptions to each of those goals. Not all infants at discharge will meet all the criteria. The goal is to discharge the infant when he or she is ready to be cared for in a home setting. This is based on your child's individual needs and best interests.

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