Regulating baby temperatures in the NICU at the hospital

At the start of November, my whole world changed when I had to have an emergency C-section at 24 weeks pregnant, but I was planning on giving birth at the end of January… This experience has been traumatic, however also rewarding because I got to meet my child early… And since my child was born, I have spent time in the NICU every single day.

The NICU has entirely recognizable temperature requirements inside.

The central air conditioner must stay between 70-68 degrees fahrenheit. The central air conditioner requirements keep the NICU cool to prevent the spread of diseases, and premature infants are at risk for diseases because their weak immune systems are not fully developed yet, so maintaining air temperature is extremely critical for their safety… Depending on how early neonates are born, they may be located in an isolette which replicates the environment of the uterus. The isolette has to be particular temperatures based on the premature infant’s age plus health. The temperature of the isolette is featured digitally plus alarms will go off if the temperature is too high or low. The isolette also reads the new temperature of the baby; and once the baby is old enough to regulate their temperature on their own, they will be moved out of the isolette plus into the crib. The temperature of the room will be worked on to support the baby’s health. I often think it’s cold when I am sitting in the hospital room, so I bring clothes plus blankets to keep myself and others warm! When my daughter’s isolette is opened to change her sheets, I can think of the heat radiating out of it. It is nice plus moderate to support her growth.


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