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why do babies stay in the nicu?

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Dr. Paul Leadem
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Higher level of Care: When babies are born prematurely(generally less than 35 weeks) , have respiratory problems, or a congenital problem with the heart or other system, or infection, they may require a level of care that is not available/ appropriate for a general level i nursery. Nicus have experts called neonatologists who manage and supervise care of babies with special needs. Nurses have advanced training as well.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Many reasons: Some babies who have infections right after birth need to stay in the nicu for treatment and close monitoring. Some babies may have underdeveloped lungs (such as premature infants) and may require a ventilator to breathe. Some premature babies may be in the nicu to work on feeding, which may require a special feeding tube. Others may have heart problems that need medical or surgical treatment.

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Can the flu shot give my baby the flu?

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How often do babies usually stay in the nicu?

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Depends: Some full term babies stay in the nicu for just a few hours or just one night while the medical problem resolves itself. Very premature babies usually stay in the nicu until the expected due date. Some very sick babies, both term and pre-term, may stay in the nicu longer than their expected due date because of complications or lengthy treatment.
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Will I be able to do feedings in the nicu?

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I saw something on tv about autism now being able to be detected in a baby so is this true?

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Concern not confirm: The american academy of pediatrics has developed testing to screen children within the first two years of life at risk for autism spectrum disorder. Questionnaire forms are used as well as performance tests. Concern may indicate referral for behavior therapy. It may take a few years before definite diagnosis is possible.

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