Some neonatologists, particularly those in academic settings, may follow infants for months or even years after hospital discharge to better assess the long-term effects of health problems early in life. Most premature infants who "graduate" from an intensive care nursery do quite well; however, coordinated follow-up to address all of their needs is of paramount importance.
Some specialty care hospitals have neonatal intensive care units NICUs with doctors called neonatologists who specialize in the care of newborn babies.
Occasionally, infants who are otherwise doing well may be sent home on partial tube feedings. Cervical cerclage is a surgical intervention that places a suture around the cervix to prevent its shortening and widening. Last updated: October 18th Thank you to our sponsors AboutKidsHealth is proud to partner with the following sponsors as they support our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Canada and around the world by making accessible health care information available via the internet.
Raising Children Network Neonatal intensive care unit family-centred care. But the baby will be comforted by your touch and smell. Numerous studies have been performed to assess the value of cervical cerclage and the procedure appears helpful primarily for women with a short cervix and a history of preterm birth.
Despite these unknowns, there is a consensus that the benefits of a single course of prenatal glucocorticosteroids vastly outweigh the potential risks. Today, neonatologists have moved away from routinely intubating premature babies and more often use noninvasive breathing assistance to improve babies' lung function.
When there is a risk of delivering a baby early, it is appropriate to ask if the nursery at the hospital is able to take care of a preterm baby.
It may seem overwhelming the first time you see your baby in this highly specialised area of the hospital, but understanding how it works will help you cope better so you can focus on looking after your baby. Most infants who weigh less than 1, grams at birth will require a breathing tube in their airway.
Of these children, 46 percent had moderate to severe disabilities such as cerebral palsy, vision or hearing loss and learning disabilities, 34 percent had mild disabilities, and 20 percent had no disabilities.