After surgery, your child will continue to receive the highest level of care in our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Seattle Children’s is the first hospital in Washington to have a Level IV NICU.
When your baby no longer needs a ventilator and is stable, they will move out of the NICU to a regular hospital room. During the first days or weeks after surgery, your baby will continue to get all their nutrition through an intravenous (IV) line. When your baby is ready, our nurses and feeding therapists help with the transition to feeding by bottle or breast. By the time they go home, many babies still need a feeding tube in their nose (NG tube) for at least part of their nutrition.
Every child’s recovery is different. Your baby’s hospital stay may be a couple of weeks or many months. Most babies stay 4 to 6 weeks. Your baby will be ready to go home once they:
- Breathe on their own or with a tube in their nose to provide a small amount of extra oxygen
- Can gain weight without IV nutrition
You will learn what kinds of food or medicine to give your child. Our nurses will help set up the supplies and equipment you need. You will have plenty of time to practice all of your baby’s care before going home.
Our Surgery Pulmonary Follow-Up Clinic team will coordinate your follow-up visits.