Neonatology is a super-speciality of Paediatrics that involves the medical care of newborn infants who are ill or are born prematurely and in such cases are taken care off within our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Babies housed in the NICU are taken care of by our Neonatologist, who is well experienced in handling the most complex and high risk situation facing new born babies including birth defects and specialized care for important organs like the baby’s heart, lungs, stomach and development of their metabolism so that they are well developed enough to function if born prematurely.
The Neonatology Department in Mar Sleeva Medicity Palai are led by highly qualified and experienced Neonatologists who are compassionate in taking care of premature neonates as early as 28 weeks and those born with extreme low-birth-weight as low as 750 grams. Our Hospital has 11 bedded ultra-modern NICUs with great hygiene and special provisions in caring for both in-born & out-born babies. All new-born babies are screened for hearing using AOE testing to diagnose any potential hearing problems.
Our Neonatologists work in close collaboration with our Paediatric specialists, Paediatric critical care specialists and Paediatric surgeons to ensure optimal care is provided in a family-centered environment. They take special interest in the field of high risk newborns, postoperative care of neonates, newborn resuscitation, ventilation modalities of neonates and advanced life supporting procedures.
OUR NEONATOLOGY SERVICES
• Mechanical Ventilation
Sick newborns especially preterms may have lung immaturity/dysfunction. These neonates may require ventilator support.
• High Frequency Ventilators
Babies who have severe lung disease may fail on conventional ventilators. For such babies we have the facility of high frequency ventilation.
• Universal Hearing Screening
All babies born in Mar Sleeva Medicity Palai undergo hearing tests to detect early deafness. Parental Nutrition: The small preterm and sick neonates are not able to tolerate oral feeds well and require intravenous nutrition in the form of glucose, fats and proteins. This parenteral nutrition is prepared with aseptic precautions under laminar flow and is delivered via intravenous route, till the time baby is able to tolerate oral feeds.
• Neuro imaging
Premature babies periodically need to be evaluated by ultrasound of brain. We have facility of bedside ultrasound and if required we have advanced neuroimaging facilities like MRI available in the hospital. Very few neonatal units in Kottayam have MRI machine in their hospital.
• Neuro developmental Care
Our team includes Occupational therapist and support staff who visit the NICU regularly and help in the developmental support of the sick babies. This support continues even after discharge when the babies come for follow up.
• Bedside Echocardiography and Cardiac Services
Bed side echocardiography is very important for early diagnosis and prompt management of cardiac defects. We have a team of trained cardiologists available round the clock.
• Phototherapy and Exchange Transfusion
Babies who develop significant jaundice require special lights called phototherapy and in rare cases may require exchange transfusion.
• Genetic Counselling Services
All babies born or admitted to our hospital are screened for common metabolic and genetic diseases. Our team provides full support to babies diagnosed with or suspected to have genetic disorders.
• Eye Examination
Retinopathy of prematurity of prematurity (ROP) is a disease of very preterm babies, which can lead to blindness if not treated in time. To prevent ROP, our ophthalmologists will periodically examine retina of these preterm infants as per international guidelines. Babies with advanced stage of ROP are offered bedside laser therapy to halt progression of disease.
• Parent Involvement
Parents are also involved in the care of their sick baby; they are encouraged to hold the baby next to their skin (Kangaroo Mother Care), which helps in better growth and development of infants apart from helping in establishing lactation. Mothers of babies who cannot feed are taught how to express milk and maintain lactation. Our doctors will update you regularly about the progress and condition of your child.