A neonate is a newborn in his first 28 days of life. He or she can be born full term or prematurely (before 37 weeks of gestation).
Neonatal care is a specialised field with trained health professionals managing newborns. Our paediatricians specialising in neonatology receive additional training in newborn care.
Established in 1990, the Department of Neonatology provides a full range of specialist care: pre-delivery counselling for parents with high-risk pregnancies, attendance at high-risk deliveries, resuscitation of a sick newborn, neonatal intensive care, well-baby nursery care, post-discharge follow-up and continuity of care. We are the first Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)-certified hospital in Singapore.
We are equipped with intensive care and special care beds, equipment for mechanical ventilation, high frequency oscillatory ventilation, and inhaled nitric oxide. We also have capabilities for continuous brain wave monitoring (aEEG) and cooling equipment (therapeutic hypothermia) for brain-injured newborns. We provide bedside ultrasound monitoring of the brain and heart.
We have two well-baby nurseries in two postnatal wards. Newborns with jaundice undergo phototherapy and well babies receive their vaccinations and physical checks here.
We strongly encourage mothers to keep their newborns at the bedside to facilitate breastfeeding and bonding. We have lactation consultants to answer your breastfeeding enquiries.
Our doctors perform physical screening of newborns, then communicate and help parents adjust to their new roles. We provide continuing care in the outpatient setting through our neonatal specialist clinics for the newborns who may require specialist care, as well as babies who choose to continue their vaccinations and follow up with us.
Our dedicated team of doctors and nurses provides continuous monitoring, investigations and specialised medical and nursing care for your newborn. We provide pre- and post-operative care for newborns requiring surgery including complex congenital heart surgeries and neurosurgeries.
- Feeding and nutritional assessment
- Newborn jaundice and follow-up
- Routine and special immunisations
- Developmental assessment
- Specialist non-emergency consult for children under our care
Premature and developmentally at-risk newborns
- Long term growth and developmental follow-up
- Psychometric assessment
- Multidisciplinary interventional programme
Departmental doctors may continue to provide care into adolescent years.
- Paediatrician stand-by at delivery
- Screening for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, congenital hypothyroidism and metabolic disorders using tandem mass spectrometry
- Universal screening of hearing impairment with otoacoustic emission (OAE) and automated auditory brainstem response (AABR)
- Screening test for inborn errors of metabolism
- Special care nursery
- Intensive care unit with facilities such as high frequency oscillatory ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide therapy, total parenteral nutrition, pre- and post-operative care of surgical newborns, in-house ultrasonography and brain function monitor
- Perinatal high-risk pregnancy consultation
- Phototherapy for jaundice
- Bereavement and palliative care support to terminally ill neonatal patients under our care and their families
- Breastfeeding consultation and advice
Support Group and Programmes
What To Expect On Your First Appointment?
Our practice is to have a close follow-up until you are confident of taking care of your newborn.
The first appointment for your newborn usually takes place within one to three days after the discharge from nursery. This is a special visit to ascertain the transition of mother and newborn from our hospital to home and determine the overall wellbeing of your newborn. Please make sure that you keep this appointment.
We will ask you questions related to your newborn’s well-being with particular attention to feeding, urination, stooling, and overall behaviour. We will also weigh your newborn, preferably without clothes and diaper, perform a physical examination and assess his or her nutritional status. We may perform a non-invasive test to measure level of jaundice (transcutaneous bilirubin) and, if indicated, do additional blood test in selected newborns.
Aside from that, we have a dedicated breastfeeding support team. We may refer you to our lactation consultants if you need help with breastfeeding.
Additionally, we will provide you with further guidance on how to look after your newborn and arrange follow-up visits.
: NUHkids Specialist Centre (KTP-NUCMI)
: Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday - 8.30am to 12.30pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
: +65 6772 5736
: +65 6776 2102
: +65 6772 2002
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