As your baby continues to develop and stabilize, the NICU staff continues routine care and monitoring. Your baby is attached to various machines that monitor:
- oxygen levels in the blood; and
- heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.
Your baby may also have a tube inserted through the navel or in a wrist or ankle (called an indwelling arterial line). This line does not hurt your baby once it has been placed; it allows staff to collect blood gasses and other blood tests frequently, without sticking your baby with a needle each time.
Your baby is weighed each day to monitor progress. Weight is an important indicator of the nutritional status of the baby.