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    Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    My newborn nephew (born on St. Patrick's Day ) has multiple heart defects, and will have open heart surgery when he's three months old. What do we need to know about transporting him after the surgery? I'm assuming that the chest clip would irritate the incision or cause him discomfort. My brother and SIL have a Snug Ride 35 (32?) for him - might they just use that without the chest clip? (They're good about tightening the harness correctly. )

    He will be at a major hospital near me - I know the SK coordinator there and I'm sure we can work with her on any accommodations that may be needed.
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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    I would be comfortable removing the chest clip in that scenario.

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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    How long do they plan on keeping the baby in the hospital? I have had 2 kids who have needed heart surgery. The first one was in the hospital for a month and a half which was long enough for his chest to be ok. The second one I asked for an ambulance transport because there was no way to tighten the straps enough even without a chest clip that wouldn't cause him severe pain.

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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by steph_s View Post
    How long do they plan on keeping the baby in the hospital? I have had 2 kids who have needed heart surgery. The first one was in the hospital for a month and a half which was long enough for his chest to be ok. The second one I asked for an ambulance transport because there was no way to tighten the straps enough even without a chest clip that wouldn't cause him severe pain.
    The current plan is to have him in the hospital for 5-7 days following surgery. They live 1.5 hours from the hospital where the surgery will take place.
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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    At 3 months, he might be too big, but a car bed would be an option.

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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    Anyone else have any input?
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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    I agree with no chest clip. You have to play it by ear.

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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    My nephew had 3 open heart surgerys. He has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. After each surgery, he was fine with the chest clip and the tightening of the straps (they had a sr22). His last surgery was just a year ago (right after his 3rd bday) and he was also fine, discharged to the Rhonald McDonald House after 5 days. And since the last surgery was in Las Vegas, they of course went to the beach and did some sight seeing before they left. But other than being careful when we picked him up (we had to scoop him up, and not pick him up under his arms) he was fine! He LOVES to show off his "Spongebob Holes"

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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    My foster sister (age 24yo) has had several heart surgeries in her lifetime. She's currently in a Roosevelt, but was previously in a Husky. The biggest issue, as pp stated, is not lifting under the arms. By the time she went home, the chest clip was really a non-issue, as the bandages covering the area were enough not to be a bother.
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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    I just talked to my sister and I just wanted to also mention that after surgery they wired Jacks sternum together, and it only took 5 days for the skin to heal, so there shouldn't be to much of a problem with the carseat!

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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    My cousin's son had multiple open-heart surgeries, and by the time he was discharged he was ok to use the car seat normally.
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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    Infants heal extremely fast- their cell growth is just so much more rapid than ours, he may be perfectly fine in his seat a week after surgery.
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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    If they would be willing/able to purchace a new car seat, I would recomend the CCO since it's avaliable in Japan without the chest clipl. It also has those long, cushy strap covers wich might be helpful?
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    Re: Transporting newborn after open heart surgery

    Thanks everyone! I'm suspecting he will be OK in the car seat per normal use.
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