Everything You Need to Know About NICU
What is NICU?
A hospital’s NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) is a nursery where sick or premature infants receive round-the-clock care. It has medical personnel with specialized training and tools to provide your baby with the best care.
Due to the numerous physical changes that infants experience as they adjust to life outside the womb, childbirth is a delicate procedure. As a result, some infants find it challenging to make these changes. This is even more likely if they are born early (before 37 weeks), have a birth weight, or have a health issue that requires urgent medical care.
Knowledgeable doctors, nurses, and advanced practice providers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in the NICU. Maternal services are easily accessible to new mothers, and lactation consultants are nearby. The baby will most likely have a set eating and sleeping schedule when born.
SMF – Delivering The Best Care
Sundaram Medical Foundation’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides comprehensive, intensive care for babies born sick or prematurely who become ill during their first month.
Premature infants, also known as “preemies,” account for a sizable portion of NICU admissions. A qualified and experienced medical and paramedical team ensures these infants receive the highest quality of care.
It is challenging for preemies to adjust to life outside of the womb. However, babies born early, at 25 weeks of gestation, have higher survival rates thanks to medical care and facility improvements. Our Outpatient Development Clinic closely monitors our preemies. To ensure normal development and the highest possible quality of life, growth and development are tracked, assessed, and given to each child individually.
Attitude of Gratitude – The Voice of Our Patients
M was 28 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy-related medical condition in which the mother’s blood pressure suddenly increased. She was rushed to the operating theatre for an emergency Caesarean section at 29 weeks and 5 days. This is her story. “After an emergency Caesarean section, I met my daughter for the first time. She was frail because she was small and underweight. I felt terrible that I couldn’t carry her or do more for her.
However, I pledged to look after her as best as I could. I had the impression that I had returned to my high school science classes, only that this time I was forced to apply what I had learned in real-life situations. After oceans of tears, I bounced back. I implore all the mothers in my position to simply believe your paediatrician without question. I had a lovely experience with KMC, or Kangaroo Mother Care, in which the mother places the infant on her chest while covering herself with a blanket. After three days, she started gaining weight, and we were prepared to return home. Only the mother of a preterm child can fully understand this experience.
On day 45, we came out of the NICU. By then, my girl was already a star – a favourite of the nurses and Dr S. We were all like a family now. I have only gratitude of the highest level and love in my heart for her and the SMF Family.” During neonatal care, you’re likely to be concerned about your baby. With Sundaram Medical Foundation, you can be confident that your child is in good hands and that the staff is doing everything possible to improve their outlook. Feel free to ask questions or voice your concerns about the procedures.