Pediatric Home Healthcare
Home Healthcare is not just for the elderly or for other adults with post-surgery needs or chronic illnesses. Infants and children from 0 – 20 years of age can receive care in their homes, allowing parents and loved ones to be involved and to know that their children are getting the best care possible. DTN Home Care has had experience with multiple pediatric clients who needed care such as ventilator management, tracheotomy supervision and tube feedings. Knowing more about what’s available in pediatric care could help your family know where to turn when the unexpected happens.
Expecting a baby?
Everyone hopes that their newborn baby will be healthy and able to go home after only a day or two in the hospital. However, 10 to 15 percent of all newborn babies require care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Taking your baby home after NICU care can be a little intimidating, especially if you are also sent home with oxygen equipment, apnea monitors, suctioning equipment or complicated feeding and medication regimens. You might feel you need the assistance of a skilled nursing staff to help you with your child’s care. This resource is available and may be covered by private insurers or Medicaid. Click here to find out more about programs in your state.
Home nursing care for infants can be an extension of the nursing care that was received in the NICU. Care giver education is just one example of what a skilled nurse can do in the home. The medical fragility of the child often determines the need for home care. Generally, he or she would require daily medical treatments and monitoring, and is dependent on a medical device or assistive technology.
Examples of children who qualify for home nursing care:
Skilled nursing care is usually provided in the patient’s home on an hourly basis. This could be for as little as 4 hours a day or up to 24 hours a day, depending on the needs of the child.
- Premature infants – most premature infants (24 – 32 weeks) have complications that would qualify them for home nursing;
- Respiratory-compromised children –bronchopulmonary dysplasia, traumatic brain injury complications, syndrome- related complications, tracheostomy either permanent or temporary;
- Cardiac-compromised children – syndrome-related complications, congenital anomaly, etc.;
- Neurologically-compromised children – seizure disorder, syndrome-related, Cerebral Palsy, seizure control devices;
- Ventilator dependent children;
- Gastrostomy – children who require feeding either via NJ tube or G Button.
Other conditions that may require pediatric home care:
Infants and children living with disabilities or special needs have unique care requirements. Examples include conditions like autism, spina bifida, ALS, cerebral palsy and spinal injury, or any children who require complex medical equipment or accessible transportation. Even if family members can provide on-going care, they may suffer from caregiver burnout and need periodic respite care in order to maintain some semblance of a normal life.
DTN Home Care provides specialized home care for infants and children who may need the following care:
- Post-surgical care
- Open wounds
- Feeding tubes
- IV therapy
- Medication administration
- Personal care such as bathing/hygiene/dressing assistance/toileting
To inquire about in-home pediatric healthcare from DTN Home Care and receive a free consultation, call 701.663.5373.
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