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NICU and its levels of neonatal care

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Every mother hopes for a pregnancy that is smooth-sailing and free from complications. With the right care, a smooth pregnancy is, of course, possible. However, at times, babies may be born prematurely, with a serious condition, or become critically ill post-delivery. At times like these, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) comes to the rescue. As the […]

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Top 5 Causes of Low Birth Weight in Newborns

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Low birth weight is a term used to describe babies who are born weighing less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces). Some babies with low birth weight are healthy, even though they’re small. But being low in birth weight can cause serious health problems for some babies. A baby with low birth weight may have trouble eating, gaining weight, and fighting off infections. Some low birth-weight babies may have long-term health […]

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What is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome(NAS) ?

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If your baby is experiencing withdrawal symptoms and has been asked to go for treatment to the NICU, chances are that your baby is suffering from NAS. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a combination of symptoms that a newborn baby exhibits soon after birth due to a withdrawal from being exposed to drugs, traditionally opioids, […]

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Baby Poop – What’s Normal & What is Not?

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No matter what one says or thinks, someone has got to cover this topic. With a lot of passion and a lot less yuck. Baby poop usually comprises dejected broken-down food, undigested particles and other aliens that might have entered a baby’s gut somehow, bile, microbes like bacteria, etc. Bile is what impacts the feces […]

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What is Baby Constipation ?

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Constipation, as such, refers to infrequent bowel movements. However, baby constipation is somewhat different from adults. How to know whether your baby is having constipation or not? If your child has gone without bowel movements for quite a few days and is then passing out hard poop, he or she might be having constipation. Constipation […]

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Atopic Dermatitis in Children

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Atopic dermatitis (AD), commonly referred to as eczema, is a chronic ailment of the skin characterised by itchy and dry skin surface. The term atopic refers to those diseases that are caused by allergic reactions, while dermatitis is a condition affecting the skin. The most widely noticeable symptoms are of itchy and red rashes, which […]

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Bilirubin encephalopathy

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Dr. Gaurav Jawa, Consultant Neonatologist- Apollo Cradle Royale This case describes a baby who was brought to Apollo Cradle Royale in the middle of the night with yellow discoloration of body till soles and an outside Serum Bilirubin report of 38 mg/dl. Baby had decreased feeding and vomiting after feed. Baby was showing signs of […]

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Infant sleep patterns

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One of the many subjects that worries new parents is whether their new-born infant is getting quality sleep. This not only refers to the duration of their sleep, but also the frequency of their naps and the positions that they adopt while they nap. Speaking of sleep duration, here is a rough chart of how […]