A neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a specialised unit for care of ill or premature newborn infant needs intensive care. NICU at Sanjeevini Hospital combines advanced technology and skilled health care professionals to provide specialized care for babies. NICUs may also specialised areas for babies who are not as sick but do need specialized nursing care. In NICU newborn will stay for days, weeks, or possibly longer, depending on the baby’s degree of prematurity and severity of illness.
When babies need NICU admission, it can be an overwhelming experience. Very next moment, the excitement and happiness about the birth of your new baby can change to fear and anxiety. You may feel angry or nervous or find yourself questioning whether anything is really wrong with your baby. Even though all of these emotions are normal, knowing what to expect can help to overcome some of the fear and balance the emotions.
Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birth weight (less than 2500 gm), or have a medical condition that requires special care. Twins, triplets, and other multiples often are admitted to the NICU, as they tend to be born earlier and smaller than single birth babies.
The following are some factors that can place a baby at high risk and increases the chances of being admitted to the NICU. However, each baby must be evaluated individually to determine the need for admission.