Sunday April 20, 2014
Cell phones are a great way to stay in touch with family, research medical terms on the internet, and keep track of your baby's growth and development. They can be dangerous to your baby when used improperly, but following a few tips can help you use cell phones safely in the NICU.
Read More: Cell Phones in the NICU
Thursday April 17, 2014
Many parents think that, because preemies are small and have immature immune systems at birth, they should wait until their babies are older before starting their vaccines. Although this sounds like it makes sense, it's not true! You should get your preemie vaccinated on time because:
- Preemies are at greater risk from vaccine-preventable diseases
- Vaccines work well in preemies
- Vaccines are safe for preemies
It can be hard to watch your tiny preemie go through painful procedures, but vaccines are important for your baby's health. Talk to your pediatrician about getting your baby vaccinated on time.
Read More: Vaccines in Premature Babies
Friday March 28, 2014
Amniotic fluid, the liquid that surrounds the baby during pregnancy, is very important to a healthy pregnancy and baby. Oligohydramnios (or just oligo for short) is a condition where there is too little amniotic fluid. Many different things can cause oligo, from mom's health problems to birth defects in the baby. If you have oligo, your doctors will want to watch your pregnancy closely for signs of trouble.
Read More: Oligohydramnios and Premature Birth
Thursday March 27, 2014
Collapsed lungs are a common health problem in the NICU, especially in premature babies. Most collapsed lungs are mild - they have few symptoms and don't require treatment. Some collapsed lungs can be severe, causing respiratory distress and requiring emergency treatment. The two main types of collapsed lungs in the NICU are atelectasis and pneumothorax.
Read More: Collapsed Lungs in Premature Babies