The May issue of Pediatrics has some new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics that new parents of preemies...
The May issue of Pediatrics has some new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics that new parents of preemies should be aware of.

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The report, Safe Transportation of Preterm and Low Birth Weight Infants at Hospital Discharge, has some new guidelines for safely taking your preterm baby home from the hospital, or of course transporting elsewhere. The new guidelines state that care should be taken when educating parents about choosing a car seat or car bed for their preterm or low birth weight infant - so make sure you discuss this with hospital staff and do some research on your own. Other new guidelines note that preterm and low weight babies are safest in rear facing car seats IF they can maintain cardio-respiratory stability while in the seat. If your baby has breathing difficulty, blood levels that are low in oxygen, or slow heart beats a car bed is appropriate. It's also suggested that preterm infants, "Should have a period of observation of 90 to 120 minutes (or longer, if time for travel home will exceed this amount) in a car safety seat before hospital discharge." Which means plan for a longer discharge process if you have a preemie. See the new guidelines. Note though that you should always discuss your baby's specific transportation needs with hospital staff before taking your little one home.

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