Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit health system based in Salt Lake City, Utah that serves the healthcare needs of the residents of Utah and southeastern Idaho. Its mission is to provide clinically excellent medical care at affordable rates in a healing environment. Some of Intermountain’s 23 hospitals include Intermountain Medical Center, Primary Children’s Medical Center, LDS Hospital, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Dixie Regional Medical Center, McKay-Dee Hospital Center.
Get emergency care for your NICU infant in the following cases:
- Bluish lips or skin
- Excessive sleepiness, floppiness, or difficulty rousing
- Poisoning or suspected poisoning -- call Poison Control first
- Trouble breathing or chest sinking in with breathing
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses a large magnet, radio frequencies, and a computer to create highly detailed images of internal organs and structures. Because a baby must stay completely still during an MRI study in the NICU, sedative medication is sometimes given. Read More
Your caregivers will use several tools to help determine if your baby is in pain in the NICU. These tools are based on factors such as your baby’s vital signs, facial expression, body movements, skin color, and level of activity. The staff will evaluate and record this information at least...Read More
If your baby is on a ventilator in the NICU or has a chest tube in place, he may require a sedative -- a medication that will keep your baby calm. The amount of sedation needed by your baby will depend on his condition. Sedation medication will be weaned gradually as your baby’s condition...Read More
Babies in the NICU often need extra help getting the nutrition they need to grow and develop.
NPO and IV line: At first, your baby may be too small or too sick to take in any food by mouth -- this is called NPO. When your baby is NPO, she receives all her nutrition through an IV line in...Read More
That depends. For babies in the NICU or considered at high risk for health problems:
Freshly pumped milk can be stored:
- at room temperature (66°F to 77°F) for up to 4 hours
- in the refrigerator (at 32°F to 39°F) for up to 4 days
- in the freezer (not in the door) for up to 3 months
Tips for using stored mother’s milk:
- Check the label on the container. You want to review the date the milk was stored -- and also be sure that your baby is getting your milk.
- Always use the oldest milk first, unless otherwise directed by your baby's caregiver.
- Defrost or warm the milk by placing
Premature babies have fragile skin that is very thin and absorbent. Until the skin matures, it doesn’t offer a good protective barrier for your baby and needs to be handled with care to prevent tearing or bruising. Read More
Premature babies have fragile skin that is very thin and absorbent. Until the skin matures, it doesn’t offer a good protective barrier for your baby and needs to be handled with care to prevent tearing or bruising.
Your baby’s nutrition plays a big role in healthy skin development and optimal healing....Read More
Many lab tests will be performed in the NICU to give your baby’s caregivers information about your baby’s condition. Blood samples may be taken and sent to the lab to measure the following:
- Complete blood count (CBC) to measure the level of different cells in your baby’s blood
- Newborn screening
For some conditions, your baby may have several x-rays a day in the NICU. This may make you feel concerned, but there’s no need to worry. An x-ray is painless for your baby, and experts agree that the amount of radiation used is too low to harm your baby. Read More
A blood transfusion is a procedure to put blood or blood products from a donor into your baby’s body in the NICU. The donor blood comes from a blood bank and is tested to make sure it’s right for your baby. If your baby needs a blood transfusion, you doctor will give you more information....Read More
Your baby may have occasional imaging studies while she is in the NICU. Imaging procedures allow your doctor to track your baby’s progress and be aware of any special conditions that may be present. Read More
An x-ray is the most common type of imaging scan. An x-ray can show the condition of the lungs and other organs and check the positions of any tubes or catheters inside your NICU baby’s body. Read More
An ultrasound picture is somewhat like an x-ray, except that it’s made by using sound waves that are directed at organs in the body. The sound waves produce different images that tell your doctor more about your baby’s tissues. Ultrasound scans are simple, painless procedures that use no...Read More