In this section, we have leaflets for the Neonatal department. Please only read the materials on the advice of your baby's clinician.
|Breastfeeding at Home with Breast Milk Fortifier Supplements||Your baby is going home breastfeeding with the addition of breast milk fortifier. Breast milk fortifier contains protein, energy and a variety of vitamins and minerals which will help support your baby’s growth after discharge. Your baby will also need additional vitamins and iron daily until they have commenced weaning and managing 3 small puree meals per day.|
|Cooling Treatment for Babies with HIE||HIE occurs due to an interruption of oxygen and/or blood supply to your baby during labour or birth. HIE can range from being mild to severe, and whilst we are particularly concerned about effects on the brain, other organs in the body can also sometimes be affected, depending on the severity.|
|Could you become a Breastmilk Donor?||Some mothers are unable to feed their new baby. This may be due to the mother being unwell or because her milk production may not have started. Some mothers with premature or very sick babies may feel under too much pressure to produce enough milk.|
|Heart Murmurs in Newborn Babies||A heart murmur is an extra sound that the doctor may hear when listening to your baby’s heart beat.|
|Immunisations for Parents of Premature Babies||Immunisation is a way of protecting ourselves from serious diseases. There are some diseases that can kill children or cause lasting damage to their health. Immunisations are given to prepare your child’s immune system (its natural defence system) to fight off those diseases when your child comes into contact with them.|
|Kent Surrey and Sussex Neonatal Transfer Service (KSS NTS)||
The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Neonatal Transfer Service (KSS NTS) is a specialist neonatal transport service that transports babies across Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London and beyond. We are 3 teams that work together to provide and 24 hour service 7 days a week 365 days a year. Our base sites are at Medway Maritime, in Gillingham, the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and here at St Peters Hospital in Chertsey.
|Maximising your Milk Supply||Whether your long term plans are to breastfeed exclusively or to transfer onto bottles of formula at a later stage, think of your breastmilk as a medicine. It is full of antibodies to help protect your baby and is the perfect balance of nutrition to help your baby grow and develop. We strongly advise and request that while your baby is in NICU you express your breastmilk for your baby to give them the greatest start in life, help them grow, thrive and protect them from infections.|
|Milk as Medicine||At St Peter's, we are committed to supporting breastfeeding, and recognise this is particularly important for sick and premature babies. We will, however, support you to establish your long term feeding choices when your baby is sufficiently mature and well (around 34 weeks).|
|Naso / Orogastric Tube Feeding your Baby||Some babies are unable to suck all their feeds or to take enough milk for them to grow adequately. This might be for a number of reasons.|
|Neonatal Community Outreach Team||We are a team of nurses and nursery nurses who support you and your baby through the process of preparing for discharge from NICU and also support you at home, following discharge.|
|Neonatal Lumbar Puncture||A lumbar puncture (LP) is a common medical procedure carried out to obtain a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF surrounds the brain and spinal cord. When an LP is carried out a small hollow sterile needle is inserted into the lower back to collect a sample of this fluid. The fluid is collected in small bottles and sent to the laboratory for testing.|
|Parent Information Following the Death of Your Baby on NICU||This leaflet is intended to give you additional information to that received from a nurse or doctor, and is designed to help you at this sad and difficult time, particularly with some of the practical and official matters.|
|Parent Information NICU||For every baby and their family admitted to our Neonatal Unit, we aim to provide excellence in family centered care within a safe and nurturing environment.|
|Personal Hygiene for your Baby||You will be encouraged to top and tail your baby from as early as possible as often and when clinically appropriate.|
|Probiotics in Preventing Jaundice||Jaundice is the name given to the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes and is very common in newborn babies.|
|Quiet Time||As part of our commitment to family-centred care, we have a period of quiet time each day in our nurseries. The neonatal unit can be a stressful environment for babies and their families. Studies have shown a number of benefits of reducing high levels of stimulation (e.g. bright light, loud noise) for babies and families.|
|Respiratory Syncytial Virus||RSV is one of the common viruses that cause cough and colds in the winter period. Over 60% of children have been infected by their first birthday and over 80% by two years of age. The antibodies that develop following early childhood infection do not prevent further RSV infections throughout life. The full extent to which adults are re affected by RSV remains unknown.|
|St Peter's Milk Bank||We are always grateful for any surplus breast milk which enables us to feed the small and ill babies at St Peter’s. All donated milk is pasteurized to eliminate germs without losing the nutritional goodness of mother’s breast milk. We must also advise you that milk donated to us unfortunately cannot be returned.|
|Support for Parents on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit||Family centered care that focuses on the need of the baby first and values the family as an important member of the team.|
|Supporting Your Baby's Development||
Having a baby in a Neonatal Unit can be frightening but this leaflet will tell you a little about what to expect from your baby at this age and importantly, how you can help their development.
|The Chaplaincy Team||
A Chaplain is normally available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We have link Chaplains of many other faiths in the community. Our Multi-Faith Centres in both Hospitals are open all day every day.
|Transition to Nutriprem 2 Formula||Introduction to the powdered form as a sudden change has been noted to cause constipation. A gradual transition to the powdered formula has been noted to avoid this. This leaflet has been designed to help you with this.|
|Transitional Care Unit||
We understand that this can be a very emotional and worrying time for you. You are the most important people to your baby and we want your experience of our Transitional Care Unit to be as positive as possible.
|Tube Feeding My Baby||
A checklist for parents and carers.