New Guidelines for Infant Release From Hospital

Pregnancy & Postpartum

newborn in hospital


HealthDay News

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released updated guidelines for judging whether or not a newborn is ready to leave the hospital.

The decision to allow a healthy newborn to go home is made after careful review by health providers, but there can be wide variation in the degree of an infant's readiness to leave the hospital, and a number of factors need to be considered, according to the AAP.

The new guidelines outline specific criteria for determining whether a mother is ready to care for herself and her baby at home, including the mother's health, the level of support she has at home, the health and stability of the baby, and access to follow-up care.

Other criteria include the infant completing at least two successful feedings (either by bottle or breast) and parents having an appropriate car safety seat, as well as the proper training for how to use it.

It's also important to assess possible risk factors in the home, including whether parents have mental illness, untreated drug or alcohol use, a history of child abuse or neglect, or a history of domestic violence, according to the AAP.

The guidelines are published online April 27 in the journal Pediatrics.

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, April 27, 2015

Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

ADVERTISEMENT

What Is Family Estrangement? A Relationship Expert Describes the Problem and Research Agenda

Almost 70 million people in the United States report being estranged from a family member

Your Wellness

Hypertension Forced Me to Have My Baby Preterm. There Were No Warning Signs.

Being 42 years old, I knew I was at a higher risk for pregnancy complications, but this came out of nowhere and turned my world upside down

Created With Support

Facebook Has Known for a Year and a Half That Instagram Is Bad for Teens Despite Claiming Otherwise – Here Are the Harms Researchers Have Been Documenting for Years

Studies consistently show that the more often teens use Instagram, the worse their overall well-being, self-esteem, life satisfaction, mood and body image

Your Wellness

by eMediHealth

☆☆☆☆☆ By eMediHealth ☆☆☆☆☆