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In the ER with my Preemie

I’ve been to the ER a few times with my preemie, when she has had croup and  pneumonia, and it has always ended up seeming to be a waste of time and money.

It’s strange, every time we’ve been sent there the drive was scary because my daughter couldn’t breathe or was coughing really hard and had a terribly high fever, but by the time we got there we were checked in and then sent to a waiting room to wait for 1-2 hours.  By the time a doctor was able to see her she was a little better and most of the time were were simply told to take her back to our pediatrician the next morning to make sure she was still okay.

I can only remember one time when a doctor has done anything to improve her condition while in the ER, and that was just a dose of steroids to improve her breathing (I suppose we’ve been incredibly lucky).  Every ER trip took 3-4 hours with little to show for it.

One time we were sent to a private room and then for the next two to three hours we sat there in the cold white room and someone poked their head in about every 30 minutes to ask why we were there again and what was wrong.  Then they said they would get someone to attend to us and they left.  Three hours later someone checked our baby and said she didn’t need emergency care and we should go home.  Sheesh!

Anyway, we’ve had plenty of scares, but we’ve been blessed that our baby has not been hospitalized since she was discharged from the NICU.

How many times has your preemie been to the ER?  Has your preemie had to be rehospitalized for any reason?

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.


  1. luckily we haven’t been yet, but we live really close to one of the best childrens hospitals in the nation! Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/

  2. We actually just took our son who is 8 months to the ER a few weeks ago as he had been sick for a couple of weeks and was having trouble breathing. They pretty much said breathing treatments are all that could be done and that he did not have pnemonia per test results. We took him back to the docs the next day since he did not seem to be responding… See More to the treatments like he should at home. They then tested him for RSV which came back positive! I was sooo mad because upon leaving the NICU we were told that someone would contact us in a few month for him to receive a RSV shot so that he didn’t get RSV. And when we went to a normal well baby check later on and I asked about it and said that no one had contacted us yet, I was told that he was now to old to receive that shot. No one ever told me there was a time frame. So needless to say his 3 1/2 wks of being so sick and having to let it run it’s course could have been avoided 🙁 So frustrating!

  3. detailed in my blog* which i jsut posted a link to * my daughter has been in and out of er’s for bronchitis, hives, and most recently a GALLSTONE! yes..a 9 month old with a GALLSTONE! ..and an allergy to her formula. ughhh! 🙁

  4. 2. Croup as recently as 3 nights ago.

  5. Our twin 28 weeker boys came home Jan 09 and by Jun 09 between the boys they had 5 ER visits (2 comfirmed cases of bronchitis) 1 ambulance ride resulting in a seven day hospital stay for a bacterial blood infection, a four day hosp. stay for a partial colpased lung. The boys are now 17 months (14 adjusted) and outside of asthma and glasses they are doing wonderful. They just had their first cold of the year and now ER visit!!!!!!

  6. I could have written this myself. always better to be safe than sorry though.

    • You’re right, it is always better to be safe than sorry. I would probably go to the same lengths to make sure my baby is okay if I did it all over again. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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