The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is the part of the hospital where premature or sick newborns get care. This care may include helping your baby breathe. The goal is for your baby to breathe safely until help is no longer needed.
To help your baby breathe, the doctor may use a device such as:
Your baby may get medicine that coats the inside of the lungs. The medicine is called surfactant. It helps the lungs inflate with air more easily. The doctor applies the medicine through a tube that goes into the lungs.
The NICU staff can use other devices to track how well your baby is breathing.
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Current as of: February 7, 2017
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
& Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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