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10/06/2013 at 20:15
what tests do they do on the baby, I know they test the blood sugars, but how often do they do it?
10/06/2013 at 20:34
Heidi was tested pre every feed for the first 24 hours. They encouraged me to feed every 4 hours.
After that, she was tested every 6 hours on day 2.
If they were all above 2.5 then they were happy.
10/06/2013 at 21:08
Do you think you was kept in longer because of the tests? Im assuming your levels were all ok? Gettin a little worried about it.
10/06/2013 at 21:16
Nope, I had my section on the Monday and was allowed to go home Wednesday afternoon. Actually, they asked me if I wanted to go home on the Tuesday but I laughed at them and declined, with the justification that I have a four year old at home and being in hospital was much more restful!
With Matilda, I also had her on the Monday and didn't get home until the Thursday night.
10/06/2013 at 21:21
If you had gone home on the tues, what would have happened with regards to testing the sugars, would you have had to do it at home, or is 24 hours enough for them to decie if all is ok or not?
10/06/2013 at 21:23
If your baby's blood sugars are low, then you won't be going home. But 36 hours is enough.
10/06/2013 at 22:47
They only do tests pre feed to make sure their levels aren't dropping too low. With C, her sugar readings were fine immediately so we could go home whenever we were ready. I had a few low readings with O (like rusty says, under 2.5). We weren't allowed to be discharged until we'd had two consecutive pre feed readings of >2.5. I was feeding approx every 4hrs, but given he was sleepy and maybe not feeding enough, we were told we should probably top up with formula. We only needed to top up by 23ml and did it by cup feeding as I didn't want to get nipple confusion through bottle feeding. I topped up enough to get us discharged (eventually discharged 2;hrs after he was born) and stopped once we'd seen the midwife (who thought the paed dr had probably been over cautious) and once my milk had come in properly - think I maybe only topped up 2 or 3 times once we'd got home.
11/06/2013 at 03:00
Not much to add to the other replies really. S was tested pre feed for 24 hours but in reality that was tricky as he was latched on for hours! His were fine bit I did top him up a but with formula. I intended to mix feed anyway so bottle was fine by me. You'll be fine, it's very common.only thing I'd say is I couldn't eat cake for 24 hours which was when I could stop testing my levels!
11/06/2013 at 08:51
seems 24 hours seems roughly the norm then. Im having a section so not expecting an overly quick discharged but id like to be out the following day if all is well.
do i still have to test m levels in hosp then wh? i hadnt thought about that and wasnt planning on taking the monitor with me.
11/06/2013 at 08:58
Yep, take your monitor. You keep up the same readings schedule you are doing now for 24 hours too. So I did mine pre meals and pre bed all day on the Monday.
I think going home the next day is very optimistic btw. Check your hospital's policy on it. I thought day 2 was early enough.
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