Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is certified by the National Neonatology Forum as Level III – the highest level of intensive care. It has the most advanced equipment in the world like GE Giraffe incubators and all required infrastructure to care for sick babies including ventilation, HFOV and Nitric Oxide, amongst other facilities.
We provide specialized nursery care for babies from 24 weeks gestation onwards. Premature babies (born before 37 weeks & after 24 weeks gestation) and sick babies are clinically assessed and cared for in the NICU until they can be transferred to the ward.
Reasons for admission include
- Prematurity (24 weeks gestation or more)
- Intrauterine growth retardation/small for gestational age
- Low blood sugar
- Respiratory (breathing) problems
- Temperature instability
- Assistance with feeding
The care-giving team
There are many people involved in the care of babies admitted to the NICU. The specially-trained nursing team is headed by a nurse manager. Each baby will be under the care of a consultant Neonatologist. A member of the neonatology team will visit the baby every day and will be available 24 hours a day.
Your Neonatologist will visit you in your room to discuss the care of your baby and you are also welcome to visit the NICU during rounds. Pediatric specialists from many fields including surgery, cardiology, nephrology, gastroenterology, genetics, pathology, radiology and ultrasound are also available, if the need arises.
The birth of a premature or sick baby can be stressful for the whole family. However, the time a baby spends in the NICU will be brief, and our staff is well-trained in this field to provide the required care and help prepare the baby for discharge.
Involvement of Parents
The presence of parents is very important in a newborn’s life. Your voice and gentle touch are valuable forms of comforting communication for your baby. We encourage you to involve yourselves in the care of the baby, while he or she is in the NICU. As soon as your baby’s condition allows, we will support you in providing care such as feeding, nappy changing, bathing and other routines.
Your baby’s care methodology may change frequently, depending on progress, and information updates will be shared with you. Please do not hesitate to ask questions as we value and encourage your visits and participation. Relatives other than the parents will not be allowed in the NICU. The reason is to avoid the little babies from being exposed to possible infections.
Once your baby is ready to be discharged from NICU, we ensure that you are ready and confident about handling your new born. We provide a home-like environment in our Luxury room and guide and support you in this transition phase.
Cloudnine launched Bengaluru’s only private children’s hospital in March 2013 – Cloudnine Kids. The new hospital, with a total built-up area of 18,000 square feet spread across 3 floors, has 42 beds, including Emergency Services. In addition, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), suite rooms, OT, pharmacy, Labor Delivery & Recovery (LDR) rooms and a fully-equipped Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) have been set up in the hospital. An emergency response team is available 24×7, in the process making Cloudnine Children’s Hospital the first of its kind.