necrotising enterocolitis

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What is Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC)?Necrotising Enterocolitis is a condition that generally affects premature or low birth weight babies. It usually involves the terminal ileum (last part of the small intestine) and the colon (large intestine), but can affect any part of the bowel (gut) from the stomach to the rectum. NEC is a serious condition which is usually treated medically …

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I’m going home

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I’m going homeAt last the time has come to take your baby home! You may have mixed feelings, excitement and some concern. It is natural to feel like this. Please be reassured that the Neonatal team would not discharge your baby from the hospital until they are ready. You may now have lots of questions. This booklet has been designed …

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how you can help your baby during painful or stressful procedures

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How can we reduce pain, stress and discomfort for your baby?While you baby is here on the neonatal unit, it may be necessary for the nursing and medical team to perform various procedures, such as taking blood samples or putting in drips (cannulae). Research has shown that even premature babies are capable of experiencing pain. Therefore, we aim, as far …

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gastroschisis

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What is Gastroschisis?Gastroschisis is a condition where your baby develops a defect (hole) in the abdominal wall during development, while still inside your womb. This is usually to the right side of the umbilical cord and some of the bowel escapes through this hole and continues to develop outside your baby’s abdomen. This happens in approximately 1:7000 births. There is …

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expecting a very premature baby

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SummaryA very premature baby is defined as a baby born at less than 29 weeks gestation. If you are a parent expecting a very premature baby this leaflet may provide you with information to help resolve some of your worries and questions. You will also be able to talk with a doctor about the plans for your baby’s care at …

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