100 days stay of Baby Shreyansh in the NICU
Baby Shreyansh was born at 23rd week of gestation, weighing just about 600gms. He looked extremely tiny, almost the size of his mother’s palm. Shreyansh needed critical care in the NICU as he was a micro preemie.
The survival of micro preemies is extremely low, due to the complications associated with extreme low birth weight.
Baby Shreyansh came into the world with many complications that are often seen in preterm births — he was on the ventilator for few weeks, later he taken off from the ventilator and was put on a support system called non-invasive ventilation and the baby was dependant on that for another few weeks, before completely coming out oxygen about 40 weeks of his gestation. Right through the course, his nutrition was maintained very well by giving total parental nutrition, given through his umbilical cord, ensuring that his nutrition isn’t suffered as babies born at this stage aren’t ready to be fully fed. Mothers breastmilk was also not affected and was fed to the baby with smaller amounts. These processes helped in the formation of lungs, brain, muscle and bone strength and other internal organs of the baby. He needed constant monitoring and medical care throughout his stay at the NICU.
The parents of the baby were very anxious because it was a very complicated pregnancy. Though one of the siblings couldn’t survive, so they had hopes and courage to do whatever they can, to save Baby Shreyansh. The NICU team gave them extensive counselling and made sure the mother is counselled and guided well by the lactation expert for breastfeeding. With time the parents saw the baby’s health improving. Gradually their level of confidence started growing to save the baby. Prolonged stay and continuous care in the NICU helped the baby gain strength and he weighed around 3.2kgs during the time of discharge on 117th day. He started developing well and went home healthy.”
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