The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is the part of the hospital where premature or sick newborns get care.
It may seem that your baby is getting lots of tests. All of these tests help your doctor keep track of your baby's condition and give the best treatment possible. Some tests are done only once. Others may be done more often to give the doctor up-to-the-minute information.
Imaging and blood tests are two of the most common types of tests given in the NICU. Which tests your baby gets will depend on your baby's condition.
Blood tests show the amounts of certain minerals and proteins in the blood. They also show how some of your baby's organs are working. Small blood samples may be taken from a quick prick of your baby's heel. Bigger samples may come from a blood vessel. The list below is a sample of the more common blood tests.
Imaging tests give pictures of parts of the body. Here are some common imaging tests.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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