Re: [Tracheostomy_infants] Sleeping Arrangements for Baby with Trach
- hi heather,
i was in the hospital for 5 months post tracheostomy surgery. i didn't go home until i had majority of my nursing hours filled. so luckily i haven't done many nights on my own..thank GOD. but i do sleep with a monitor. what i have done, is gotten a monitor with 2 sets. so i take one into my bedroom and the other is for the nurse...in case she goes to the bathroom and they found it to be a lifesaver....because they are about 8 ft away from the baby...so they keep in on a table, and the minute the hear juiciness...they run over the suction. its too hard to tell with the mist on and the oximeter parameters are too wide so by the time they alarm....he's coughed too much. (my child can not cough, if he does....his malacia worsens because the floppy airway stents down the to the carina.
in any case, i have placed the monitor on the crib rail by tieing it near the baby's head so i can hear him. i believe the video ones don't have good quality sound.
hope that helps.
On 7/31/07, Heather <nansuz1@...> wrote:
Hi everyone, I just joined this group! Our son is a 23-weeker born in
March, and we just brought him home from the NICU on July 24th. He was
trached on 6/19 for subglottic stenosis from the ET tube being down his
throat for over 100 days. My husband and I are terrified to go to
sleep at night, so we are doing shifts so that one of us is up at all
times. The mist machine is so dang loud that even with an audio/video
monitor we can't hear Nathaniel cry through the trach b/c of the mist
machine. I can't bear the thought of him crying and we don't hear
him. He is wearing an apnea monitor in case something happens.......
What do you all do at night? Are you sleeping with your baby in the
same room? How do you hear your baby over the racket of the mist
Sleepless in AZ,