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Pregnancy and Newborns   - When Baby Needs Special Care

When Baby Needs Special Care

The NICU

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  • When a Baby Has Difficulty After Birth

    When a Baby Has Difficulty After Birth All the baby's body systems must work together in a new way after birth. Sometimes, a baby has difficulty making the transition. Health assessments, including t...

  • Newborn Warning Signs

    Newborn Warning Signs What warning signs may indicate a problem with a newborn? Your newborn baby is going through many changes in getting used to life in the outside world. Almost always this adjust...

  • Special Care

    Special Care Providing special care for sick and premature babies There have been many advances in the care of sick and premature babies, not just in technology and medicine, but also in meeting the ...

  • Warmth and Temperature Regulation

    Warmth and Temperature Regulation Babies are not as adaptable as adults to temperature change. A baby's body surface is about three times greater than an adult's, compared to the weight of his/her bo...

  • Taking Your Baby Home

    Taking Your Baby Home Although parents are excited to take their baby home after days or weeks in the NICU, it may cause many parents some anxiety. When a baby is ready for discharge depends on many ...

  • The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) The birth of a baby is a wonderful yet very complex process. Many physical and emotional changes occur for mother and baby. A baby must make many physical adju...

  • Intravenous Line and Tubes

    Intravenous Line and Tubes Because most babies in the NICU are too small or sick to take milk feedings, medications and fluids are often given through their veins or arteries. Babies may also need fr...

  • Nutrition and Fluids

    Nutrition and Fluids Nutrition for babies in the NICU Feeding babies in the NICU is quite different from feeding healthy babies. When babies are sick or premature, they are often not well enough to b...

  • Procedures and Equipment in NICU

    Procedures and Equipment in the NICU What monitoring equipment is used in the NICU? Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) are equipped with complex machines and monitoring devices designed for the un...