Monitoring Baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Medically reviewed by Mandy Belfort, Department of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA Written by the Healthline Editorial Team on March 15, 2012

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:

  • breathing;
  • 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.

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