New parents eagerly look forward to bringing their newborn home, so it can be frightening if your baby needs to be admitted to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Why Your Baby May Be in the NICU

Babies who need to go to the unit are often admitted within the first 24 hours after birth. Babies may be sent to the NICU for one of the following reasons:

  • Premature birth
  • Difficult delivery or delivery with complications
  • Signs of a problem in the first few days of life

Only very young babies (or babies with a condition linked to being born prematurely) are treated in the NICU. They're usually infants who haven't gone home from the hospital yet after being born.

How long these infants remain in the unit depends on the severity of their illness. A baby's NICU stay can be difficult, but it can also be rewarding as you watch your child grow and progress day after day.

At University of Utah Health we employ the latest treatments in medicine and technology and use the healing power of caring and touch to give infants the best care possible.

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