The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is the part of the hospital where premature or sick newborns get care.
It can be scary to see your baby in a room filled with unfamiliar machines. Some of them are noisy. But all of them help the doctor and the NICU staff take good care of your baby.
Some equipment protects and keeps your baby comfortable.
Other devices help your baby breathe.
Doctors use special tools to give your baby medicine, fluids, and food.
Other devices help the NICU staff keep track of your baby's condition.
You don't have to remember what each piece of equipment does. The NICU staff will answer your questions and tell you how these tools are helping your baby.
It's hard to be apart from your baby, especially when you worry about his or her condition. Know that the hospital staff is well prepared to care for babies with this condition. They will do everything they can to help. If you need it, ask for support from friends and family. You can also ask the hospital staff about counselling and support.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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