After surgery, your baby will stay in our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where they get the high level of care they need. Seattle Children’s is the first hospital in Washington to have a Level IV NICU. When they’re ready, they move to a regular hospital room and, eventually, home.
The length of hospital stay varies, but is usually at least a few weeks and often longer. The time frame depends mostly on how long it takes your baby to start eating again and gaining enough weight.
After surgery, your baby will need feedings through a tube that goes into a large vein (central line). When their intestines start to work, most babies need an NG tube or OG tube. Some will be able to eat by mouth instead of having an NG or OG tube. Your doctor will talk with you about the feeding method that is best for your baby.
We will give your baby pain medicine to make them comfortable.
The surgeon will stay closely involved with your baby’s care while they are in the hospital. When your baby goes home, the surgeon will schedule a follow-up visit. At the follow-up visit, the surgeon will make sure that the incision is healing and your baby is gaining weight and growing as they should.
If your baby has cystic fibrosis, lung doctors (pulmonologists) who treat this disease will be a part of your baby’s care and will provide long-term follow-up for many years.