Why a NICU?

According to the March of Dimes, 1 in 10 babies will require neonatal intensive care. Babies may need the specialized care of a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for many reasons.

An infant may be admitted to a NICU if:

  • He or she is born early (premature)
  • A health condition is recognized before the baby is born
  • The baby experiences an especially difficult delivery
  • He or she shows signs of a health problem in the first few days of life
  • A baby’s stay in the NICU depends upon his or her specific condition. A NICU stay can range from 1 day to several months.

Some of the most common conditions treated in Texas Children’s Newborn Center include:

  • Prematurity
  • Breathing or lung problems
  • Birth defects
  • Genetic conditions
  • Heart disease
  • Infections
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Ophthalmologic (eye/vision) conditions or defects

Regardless of the reason, your baby’s critical health needs can be met best at a full-service newborn center with a Level 4 NICU like the one at Texas Children’s Newborn Center.