In the NICU
Which babies need care in the NICU?
About 10 to 15 percent of babies born in the United States each year are treated in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Many babies are admitted to NICUs. Here are some of the reasons:
Birth defects can include problems with the heart, body chemistry (metabolism) or structural systems of the newborn.
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