• Blood incompatibility

    When a mother and baby have different blood types (groups). Antibodies (special proteins in the blood steam) from the mother enter the baby's blood during pregnancy. This can lead to baby's red blood cells being broken down more quickly than usual and may lead to jaundice and anaemia in baby.

  • Jaundice

    Jaundice is the name for the yellow colour that your baby has. The yellow colour is caused by bilirubin, a by-product of the normal breakdown of extra red blood cells no longer needed by the baby following birth.

  • Low blood sugars in babies

    Babies with a low blood sugar level may need to be admitted to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for treatment until their blood sugar level reaches and is maintained within a normal range.

  • Meconium and newborn babies

    We have recommended your baby be closely monitored because the baby passed meconium before or during her or his birth.

  • Possible infections

    Your baby is being treated or tested because of the risk of infection. The usual reason for this check is that the baby has been at risk due to problems in labour or has some problems like a temperature, fast breathing, lack of energy or poor feeding.

  • Respiratory distress

    This is a very common reason for a baby to be admitted to the NICU. After birth, the baby, for some reason, has problems with breathing.

  • Retinopathy of prematurity

    Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a potentially blinding eye disorder that primarily affects premature infants weighing 1250 grams or less that are born before 30 weeks gestation.

  • Small for gestational age babies

    Some babies may be closely monitored or treated because they are smaller than usual at a particular stage of pregnancy.