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Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)

Baylor Scott & White McLane Niños

Expert neonatology care close to home

The Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cares for the most fragile and premature newborns as well as full-term newborns diagnosed with serious or life-threatening conditions.

The NICU, including our Level IV NICU in Temple, is staffed by experienced pediatric specialists called neonatologists. They oversee each child’s care and collaborate with other pediatric specialists, such as neurologists, cardiologists and pulmonologists. Specialists monitor these tiny patients around the clock. The most advanced technology is used to support the fragile infant’s breathing and many other life-sustaining measures.

The average length of stay for extremely premature infants is about three months, or generally around the time of their original due date.

Conditions neonatologists treat
Our neonatal specialists have advanced training in medical conditions affecting different body systems.
Respiratory problems
Premature infants often have not spent enough time in the womb for their lungs to fully develop. Many may need a respirator or other respiratory assistance until they grow enough to start breathing on their own. Common respiratory conditions in infants include respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), persistent pulmonary hypertension and pneumonia.
Birth defects
Our physicians identify, monitor, and treat congenital heart defects with the aid of a pediatric cardiologist. Newborns requiring surgery are cared for in our NICU. Children with birth defects of the brain, spine, intestines, kidneys, lungs, genitals, and limbs are all managed here.
Feeding problems
Gaining weight is an infant’s most important job. But sometimes this can be a difficult task, especially if the newborn’s health is compromised by an underlying medical condition. Our doctors and nurses monitor your baby’s weight daily. We can provide supplemental nutrition to your baby through his or her veins or through a tube placed in his or her mouth. We will help feed your baby until he or she is strong enough to be fed by breast or bottle.
Our NICU locations
Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's flagship NICU, located in Temple, is the only Level IV NICU located between Dallas and Austin. This 48-bed unit treats approximately 800 newborns each year.

Both College Station and Waco NICUs feature "pinwheel" designs that provide important line-of-sight vision for nurses and doctors while providing privacy for the families.
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