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When does a full-term baby need to be in the neonatal intensive care unit?

Some full-term babies need to be in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as a result of medical conditions ranging from common problems to the more severe, and they should be addressed on a case-by-case basis. A few conditions that might result in a full-term infant transfering to the NICU include low blood sugars, meconium aspiration, neonatal abstinence syndrome and anatomic malformations. In general, being full term does decrease the risk of medical issues, but it doesn't guarantee they won't arise.

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