1. Ventilator-breathes for the baby when they are too sick to breathe by themselves. I cried when I found out Jacob had to be vented.
2. Surfactant-drug given to help babies lung mature if they are having respiratory distress.
2. CPAP-a step down from the ventilator, this is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or mechanical ventilation.
3. Nasal Canula-gives the baby extra puffs of oxygen.
4. Scale-babies are weighed every day. Whether they gain or lose weight is huge.
5. TNP-Total Nutrition Package. Given via IV.
6. Bilirubin lights/levels-those purple goggles are fashionable!
7. Destaturations-pretty common but alarming all the same.
8. IV’s-everywhere-even in their head
9. Neosure-high calorie formula
10. Kangaroo care-the best feeling ever. Skin to skin contact with your peanut.
11. Gavage feeding-that’s the thin plastic tube that is gently inserted into the nose and threaded down to the stomach to feed the baby before they are strong enough to nipple feed.
12. Apnea monitors-many NICU babies come home on these to monitor their oxygen saturation and heart rate. A safety device that has the ability to send the parent over the edge.
13. Synagis-the only FDA approved medication to help protect high-risk babies’ lungs from severe RSV. These shots are extremely expensive and are given every 28-30 days through RSV season, and dose is determined by weight.