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Appropriate Newborn Hospital Stays


Mothers are often anxious to take their new babies home from the hospital, but there is no rush to leave before mother and baby are truly ready.  The routine hospital stay is 48 hours for a vaginal delivery, and 96 hours for a cesarean birth.  That allows the baby’s doctors to watch for any potential problems.  Some medical conditions may appear shortly after birth.  But other newborn illnesses require longer observation by trained hospital staff.  Those illnesses include jaundice, heart malformations and digestive difficulties.  Also, mom needs to be monitored for things like breastfeeding problems, ongoing bleeding, or endometriosis - a painful condition where tissue from inside the uterus develops outside the uterine walls.  These problems may not surface until more than 24 hours after giving birth.  An appropriate hospital stay increases the chance that mother and baby will go home healthy.  


The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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