Sometimes, babies are born with a birth defect or illness that requires specialised care, or they may be born before the due date, giving them less time to develop in the womb. In that case, important organs like the baby’s heart, lungs, stomach or their metabolism may not be developed enough to function without special help. Although your paediatrician can solve most health problems of newborns, a Neonatologist is trained specifically to handle the most complex and high-risk situations.
With equipment specifically designed for infants and medical staff specially trained in newborn care, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is created for sick newborns who need specialized treatment. Most often, babies who need to go to the unit are admitted within the first 24 hours after birth. Generally, premature babies, low & very low birth weight babies, babies with congenital conditions, and babies with complications like meconium aspiration or respiratory diseases are admitted to the NICU. The team of experts at Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital, does everything to ensure that your baby receives the best care possible. Our state-of-the-art Level III NICU facility comes fully equipped with monitoring facilities and advanced incubators with features that ensure that your baby is well taken care of. Experienced technicians and blood gas analyzers assist in ventilator management of babies who need assistance to breathe. Baby warmers and phototherapy units are state of the art with inbuilt safety features. Babies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are kept under the care of a Consultant Neonatologist and qualified trained Resident Pediatric doctors, manage the babies round the clock. Qualified trained nurses and other professional staff care for the babies at all times. We encourage mothers to continue the process of bonding with the babies even if in NICU and babies continue to be fed if possible with breast milk that has been expressed. The caregiving process continues even after the mother and baby are discharged from Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital, as the team is willing and available to address the questions and concerns of the new parents. An isolation NICU is also in place to handle potentially infected cases and transfer cases. At Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital, we are driven to ensure that you and your baby receive the highest standard of healthcare. For us, nothing is as important as the safety of your baby. In cases where your baby may be born preterm, or be faced with illness, The Level III NICU at Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital is an ultramodern facility, fully equipped to handle a baby needing extra care.
Newborn screening tests look for developmental, genetic, and metabolic disorders in the newborn baby. Most of these illnesses are very rare but can be treated if caught early. Metabolic disorders (also called “inborn errors of metabolism”) interfere with how the body uses nutrients to maintain normal metabolism. Other disorders that screening can detect, include problems with hormones or the blood. In general, these disorders can interfere with the child’s normal physical and mental development in a variety of ways. Parents may pass along the gene for a certain disorder and they may not know that they are carriers for it. Although these conditions are considered rare and most babies are tested normal, early diagnosis and proper treatment can make the difference between healthy development and lifelong impairment.
There are certain types of bacteria/viruses that are spread more easily. As a result, nurses caring for patients infected with these types of bacteria/viruses must take extra precautions. Before entering the patient’s room, we must wash our hands and don clean gloves and a gown. At Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital we ensure the best isolation in ICU. Anyone who has contact with the patient must adhere to these precautions.
Neonatology Frequently Asked Questions
How are babies taken care of in NICU?
Babies in our NICU are kept under the care of a Consultant Neonatologist and qualified trained Resident Pediatric doctors, manage the babies round the clock.
Why is level III NICU needed?
The Level III NICU at Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital is an ultramodern facility and advanced with high-end technology which is fully equipped to handle a baby needing extra care.
Which parameters are observed in an incubator?
Modern neonatal intensive care at Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital involves advanced techniques for the measurement of temperature, respiration, cardiac function, oxygenation, and brain activity.
What are the common diagnosis in NICU?
At Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital some of the common diagnosis include Anemia, Apnea, Bradycardia, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia(BPD), Hydrocephalus, Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), Jaundice, Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Do all the babies suffer jaundice after birth?
Most of the babies develop jaundice in first few days and some will require treatment. We at Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital has the best neonatologists to provide prompt treatment.
What are the warning signs that are shown by babies?
If a baby shows these signs it requires emergency, the signs may include, jerky breathing, excessive sleep, not passing urine for longer periods and low or very high body temperatures.
Which treatments are provided by neonatologists?
Neonatologists at Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital provides utmost care for neonates which includes, diagnosing and coordinating care for newborns with conditions such as breathing conditions, birth defects, and infections.
What is the ideal room temperature for baby?
Baby should be comfortable with warm hands and feet. Tip of nose should also feel warm. Clothing can be adjusted as per weather conditions. With air conditioning, 25-26°C is generally comfortable. In winters, keep baby’s head, hands and feet covered.
Which team of healthcare professionals does NICU has?
At Apollo Cradle & Children’s Hospital NICU team has Nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, managers, clinical nurse specialists, patient care coordinators, pharmacists, dieticians, lactation consultants, physical and occupational therapists, Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, subspecialists, and pediatricians are all available to help provide medical care and support during your child’s stay in the NICU.