In the beginning of September, my whole world changed when I had to have an emergency C-section at 24 weeks pregnant, and I was planning on giving birth at the end of January… However, this experience has been traumatic, but also rewarding because I got to meet my child early… Since my child was born, I have spent time in the NICU every single day.
The NICU has absolutely particular temperature requirements.
The central air conditioning must stay between 78-71 degrees fahrenheit. The central air conditioning requirements keep the NICU cool to prevent the spread of diseases, but premature infants are also highly at risk for diseases because their immune systems are not fully developed yet, so maintaining air temperature is harshly important for their safety… Then depending on how early neonates are born, they may be placed in an isolette which replicates the environment of the uterus. The isolette has to be certain temperatures based on the premature infant’s age plus health. The temperature of the isolette is displayed digitally plus alarms will go off if the temperature is too high or low. The isolette also reads the temperature of the baby; 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 run tests on to support the baby’s health. I often assume cold when I am laying in the hospital room, so I bring clothes plus blankets to keep myself and others warm; however, when my daughter’s isolette is opened to change her sheets, I can also assume the heat radiating out of it. It is really nice plus sizzling to support her growth.