Care of the Newborn

Description: All babies should initially be kept warm. Skin-to-skin contact is an effective measure in keeping babies warm, and early feeding is key. A newborn baby will need to be transferred to hospital for the following reasons:–– any baby that required resuscitation–– perinatal hypoxia (APGAR score below 5).–– meconium staining or aspiration–– baby of a diabetic mother–– small for dates/growth-restricted baby–– prematurity (gestation 37 with respiratory distress syndrome/abnormal–– breathing pattern–– major congenital abnormalities, even if the baby appears well at birth–– red flags suggesting a high risk of early onset neonatal bacterial infection–– safeguarding concerns known to the ambulance service or communicated by the maternity unit.Perinatal hypoxia, hypothermia, hypoglycaemia, neonatal jaundice, preterm delivery, congenital abnormalities and early onset neonatal sepsis are covered.
Date Update Posted Online: September 7, 2017
Book: Reference Edition
Section Title: Care of the Newborn
Priority: Orange
Guidelines Print Date: September 20, 2017
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