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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Premature birth, medical complications during delivery or complications in your baby’s health post-delivery, can lead to your baby being admitted in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Depending on the complication, a range of specialized equipment, and the right set of experts, will be needed. This process can be a stressful and very scary, especially if you do not have an understanding medical partner by your side.

Apollo Cradle’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a unique facility that provides the highest level of care available today. This facility can support the sickest babies and provides for round the clock care by experts trained in newborn care. At Apollo Cradle we understand the physical and emotional toll this time can cause. Our experts help you with sheer expertise and empathy that only pioneers of tender, loving, care can offer because placing a healthy baby in your arms gives us the greatest joy.

What is an NICU?

An NICU is an intensive care unit which specializes in care of newborn babies who are ill or born earlier than the normal gestation period (born before 37 weeks). The level of NICU required for your baby depends on his/her medical condition. Most hospitals have a NICU but the same may not be equipped to handle your baby’s medical requirements and your baby may advised to shift to a hospital with higher level of NICU. Apollo Cradle’s neonatal intensive care unit is a Level III facility - providing the highest level of care available for newborns.  

When Is An NICU needed?

In most cases, a baby who needs the aid of an NICU is admitted within the first 24 hours after birth. Cases that involve premature infants, low & very low birth weight babies, babies with congenital conditions, and babies with complications like meconium aspiration or respiratory diseases require the aid of an NICU. Apollo Cradle’s Level III NICU can support babies born :

  1. With birth weight as low as 550 grams
  2. As early as 26 weeks
  3. With congenital diseases, respiratory disorder, sepsis

What Do We Do At Apollo Cradle’s NICU?

A baby, when he is admitted to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, is kept under the care of a neonatologist. A neonatologist is specifically trained doctor in care of critically ill and premature newborns. The neonatologist is supported by qualified trained resident pediatric doctors, who manage the care of your baby round the clock. In addition, we offer qualified trained nurses and other professional staff care for the child at all times. The caregiving process continues, even after the mother and child are discharged from Apollo Cradle, as our team monitors the development of NICU graduates.

What Equipment Is Used In Apollo Cradle’s NICU:

At Apollo Cradle, our state-of-the-art Level III NICU facility comes equipped with

  • World-class open care incubators with controlled radiant warmers that maintain your baby’s temperature, maintain humidity and prevent excessive fluid loss from the fragile skin of your baby
  • High frequency ventilators supporting babies who need breathing assistance
  •  Vital signs monitor with sensor pads to ensure your baby’s growth is tracked in real time
  • Phototherapy units to treat neonatal jaundice  
  • Feeding tubes for babies who have digestion difficulties
  • Central catheters to reduce the frequency of change of IV lines meaning less discomfort for your baby
  • Isolation beds for out born babies to avoid risk of infection
  • Weighing scales to monitor your baby’s progress at regular intervals

Conclusion

At Apollo Cradle, our neonatal specialists and caregivers have extensive experience in providing additional care, which can be crucial to your newborn’s health. Our team is dedicated to safeguard your child’s health, and relieving your anxieties by keeping you informed at all times.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit