Advanced Practice Provider - Advanced practice providers are registered nurses with a master’s degree that have received advanced training in a variety of fields, including developmental pediatrics, pediatric cardiology and pediatric intensive care.
Neonatologist - A neonatologist is a specialist within the medical field. They earned this designation by undergoing training in pediatrics and completing three years of additional training to specialize in the care of newborn infants needing intensive […]
Blood Transfusion in Newborn - A blood transfusion is a process in which blood is given to a baby. This is a common need in premature babies and full-term babies born with health problems. A blood transfusion is a way […]
PICC Line - The PICC line is a thin tube that is inserted into a vein in order to give medicine and fluids directly into the infant’s bloodstream. It is used if a baby needs to be given […]
Umbilical Catheter - A catheter is a thin tube that is placed in the body in order to draw out blood to be used for testing or to allow fluids and medicines to be given. This device serves […]
Air Leak Syndrome - Air leak syndrome is a term used to describe problems that happen when air collects within a baby’s chest, but outside the normal air cells of the lungs. The air then creates pressure on the […]
Apnea of Prematurity - Apnea is a condition in which a baby temporarily stops breathing while sleeping or resting. Many newborns have short pauses in their breathing (less than 20 seconds), but a baby is said to have apnea […]
Babies Born with Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) - The amount of sugar in our blood, called blood sugar or blood glucose, is the fuel that keeps all of our body systems working. If this level dips too low, it is called hypoglycemia. Low […]
Brain Injury - Brain injury may result from damage of the fragile blood vessels and/or the white matter in premature babies. Often, this is caused by a complex mix of events that may occur while the fetus is […]
Chronic Lung Disease - Chronic lung disease (CLD), also known as bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), occurs if growth in parts of a baby’s lungs are disrupted, altering the lung structure and function. CLD can lead to continued lung problems for […]
Congenital Heart Disease - Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a term used to describe a group of problems present at birth that affect the structure of the heart and/or the large vessels near the heart. There are many types […]
Congenital Malformations - Congenital malformations, also called birth defects, are abnormalities that happen while a baby is still in the womb. There are many types of congenital malformations that may affect organs (such as the heart, lungs or […]
Jaundice - Jaundice is a term used to describe a yellow color in a baby’s skin and in the white parts of the eyes. Jaundice sometimes appears when there is a high level of a substance called […]
Meconium Aspiration Syndrome - Meconium aspiration syndrome occurs when a baby breathes in a waste substance, called meconium, before birth or during delivery, which then causes injury to the lung tissue.
Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) - Necrotizing enterocolitis is a gastrointestinal disease that mainly affects babies born prematurely and those born with extremely low birth weight (ELBW) (less than 2.2 pounds or 1,000 grams).
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) - Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a problem with a baby’s heart that occurs when a small blood vessel that passes between the two largest blood vessels just outside the heart does not close up after […]
Prematurity - Prematurity is a term used to describe infants born before the 37th week of pregnancy. Infants born prematurely may experience motor, language, cognitive or other developmental delays, sensory losses such as hearing or visual impairment […]
Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) - Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a problem in which a baby, usually a premature infant, has trouble breathing. RDS happens when the baby’s lungs do not produce enough of a series of soap-like chemicals called […]
Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) - Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a problem with a baby’s eyes. The retina is a thin layer of tissue that covers the back portion of the eyeball. In babies born early, blood vessels still need […]