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What is an infant incubator?

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In order to welcome the arrival of the new life, you have waited too long, so if something happens to separate you, it will be devastating. No new parents are willing to be separated from their children. If you have a pre-delivered or sick baby, you may need to know something about infant incubators. This article mainly describes the content of the infant incubator.

The following knowledge points are listed below:

  • What is an infant incubator for

  • Different types of infant incubator

1. What is an infant incubator for

The infant incubator are used in combination with other equipment and procedures to ensure the best environment and continuous monitoring for infants in need of additional support. They are like a second uterus, designed to protect the baby and provide optimal conditions for its development. Babies may need to stay in the infant incubator for a number of reasons. These include:

(1) Preterm birth

Premature babies may need extra time to develop their lungs and other vital organs. (Their eyes and eardrums may be so sensitive that normal light and sound can cause permanent damage to these organs.) Also, very premature babies don't have time to form fat under their skin and need help to stay warm and warm.

(2) Breathing problems

Sometimes babies have fluid or meconium in their lungs. This can lead to infections and breathing difficulties. Newborns may also have immature, underdeveloped lungs that require monitoring and additional oxygen.

(3) infection

Infant incubators can reduce the chance of bacteria and other infections, while a small person cures the disease. The infant incubator also provides a protected space where you can monitor vital signs around the clock when your baby needs multiple infusion devices for medication, fluids, etc.

(4) Effects of gestational diabetes

If the mother has gestational diabetes, many doctors give the baby a brief infant incubation period so it can spend time monitoring blood sugar while remaining warm.

(5) Jaundice

Some infant incubators have special lights that can help reduce jaundice, yellow skin and eyes. Neonatal jaundice is a common condition that occurs when babies have high levels of bilirubin, a yellow pigment produced when red blood cells break down normally.

(6) Prolonged or traumatic birth

Additional medical supervision may be required if the newborn has trauma. Incubators also provide a safe uterine environment for babies to recover from trauma.

(7) Low birth weight

Even if babies are not born prematurely, if they are very small, they may not be able to stay warm without the extra help provided by the incubator.In addition, because of the extra oxygen and controlled environment provided by incubators, very small babies may come into conflict with many important functions of premature babies, namely breathing and eating.

(8) Postoperative recovery

If a baby needs surgery after birth because of complications, they need to be monitored in a controlled, safe environment. An incubator is perfect.

2. Different types of infant incubator

There are different types of infant incubators that can adapt to the changing needs of premature babies. Among the five common types in neonatal intensive care units:

(1) Closed box incubators.

The closed infant incubator is equipped with a fresh air filtration system to minimize the risk of infection and prevent the loss of moisture in the air.

(2) Double-walled incubators

The double wall infant incubator has two walls to further prevent the loss of heat and air moisture.

(3) Servo-control incubators

The servo-controlled infant incubator is automatically programmed to adjust the temperature and humidity level of the skin sensor attached to the baby.

(4) Open box incubators

An open-box infant incubator, also called an Armstrong incubator, can provide radiant heat under the baby, but in other cases, it is open for easy access.

(5) Portable incubators

Portable infant incubators, also called transport incubators, are used to transfer newborns from one part of the hospital to another.

The temperature of the incubator can vary according to the gestational age, the state of the infant's lung function, and other health complications.Generally speaking, the temperature in the neonatal intensive care unit is maintained at 82 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and the incubator is usually set to keep the baby at 95 to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now you understand what and infant incubator for and you can make your choice.




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