According to the March of Dimes, about 1 in 10 babies will require intensive medical care immediately after birth. This care takes place in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a hospital facility designed specifically for the care of premature or ill newborns.
It’s rare for people to see inside a NICU and witness the amazing care given to the smallest of patients. As I walk through our NICU on a daily basis, I see some of the tiniest and sickest patients with the most complex conditions and witness an exceptional level of care given by our physicians, nurses and all the other talented staff helping us care for these fragile patients.
Since National Prematurity Awareness Month just came to an end, it’s a great time to educate families on why some babies need a NICU. Some of the most common conditions treated at Texas Children’s Newborn Center are:
- Birth defects
- Breathing or lung problems
- Genetic conditions
- Congenital heart disease
- Metabolic disorders
- Ophthalmologic (eye/vision) conditions or defects
Babies who are born before their due date, experience complications at delivery or show signs of a health condition before they are born may also need NICU care.
Taking care of these sick and premature infants requires compassion, skill and the highest level of expertise. At Texas Children’s Newborn Center, one of the largest NICUs in the nation, we provide the most comprehensive neonatal care available.
We care for patients with the most complex conditions, up to and including level IV NICU care. Our Newborn Center is one of the only level IV NICUs in the Houston region able to provide babies with the highest level of care. In fact, many area hospitals with less advanced NICUs transfer infants to us when more experience and specialized care is required.
Take a glimpse into our NICU and how we care for these tiny patients, here.