Follow-up appointments and re-admission

Once your baby is discharged you may need to attend follow-up appointments or may need to be re-admitted to hospital. Find out more about both of these.

Follow-up appointments

Once your baby has left the unit, you may need to attend follow-up appointments for various aspects of your child’s health and development. 

Some people find it very helpful to write down the advice given to them in their baby’s red book.

Sometimes, follow-up appointments can mount up. They can take up a lot of time and be very tiring, especially if you have to travel long distances to and from the hospital. 

If you are having trouble managing the number of appointments you have to attend, ask your health visitor to re-organise some of them if possible.

Re-admission to hospital

Your baby may need to be readmitted to hospital after they come home. This is not unusual for babies born premature or sick. 

This may be a worrying and upsetting time for your family, but remember to be positive, and that your baby has already overcome many difficulties.

Babies who need to go back to hospital will be admitted to the children’s ward, not the neonatal unit. There are very rare exceptions to this. One reason could be if it was only a very short time since your baby was discharged.

The information on this page is more than two years old