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:
- Breathing or lung problems
- Birth defects
- Genetic conditions
- Heart disease
- 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.