Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) occurs only to premature babies, it can cause blindness. There is need to always look out for its symptoms especially if one has had a premature baby. ROP has stages of severity thus the earlier detected the more chances of treatment. Your doctor would advise if corrective measures can be taken. …

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Common NICU Disorders

ANEMIA This refers to a condition in which the red blood cells in the blood, are lower than normal. Red blood cells carry oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the tissue. APNEA A prolonged pause in breathing that lasts more than twenty seconds. This is a common problem in premature infants to have an …

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NICU Medical Staff

ATTENDING PHYSICIAN A doctor who has the primary responsibility for coordinating the medical treatment and care for a patient. In the NICU this will generally be your baby’s neonatologist. AUDIOLOGIST A medical professional who treats patients with hearing, balance and ear related problems. CARDIOLOGIST A medical doctor who specializes in the heart and circulation. CASE …

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Terms commonly used in the NICU

A’s and B’s This commonly used abbreviation in the NICU meaning stands for apnea and bradycardia. These are your baby’s episodes of slower breathing and slower heart rate. ADJUSTED AGE (also corrected age) It is a baby’s age based on his/her due date. Simply subtract from his chronological age the number of weeks early he …

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Premature Babies

A premature baby is a baby born  before 37 weeks of pregnancy that is more than 3 weeks before the due date. Also known as preterm or a preemie.   Classification of preterm babies include; Late preterm – Baby born between 34 weeks and 36 weeks of pregnancy. Moderately Preterm – Born between 32 weeks …

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Preterm Birth Statistics in Africa

Over 60 percent of preterm births worldwide occur in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Of the fifteen million (15MILLION) babies born too early each year, more than one million (1MILLION) die due to complications related to preterm birth. Low birth weight (newborns weighing less than 2,500 grams at birth), due to prematurity and/or restricted growth …

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September – Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness (NICA) Month

Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are often admitted into a special area of the hospital called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU combines advanced technology and trained health care professionals to provide specialized care for infants.… Continue Reading

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