Newborn Intensive Care Unit

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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    + When we are ready to go home, how will my pediatrician get the information about my baby?

    The neonatologist will write a letter to your pediatrician before you go home so that your pediatrician is informed about your baby’s hospital stay in the NICU.

    + If I have questions about my baby’s condition, how can I reach the neonatologist?

    The neonatologist and the team make rounds daily and will discuss the care of your infant. You are welcome to be present during your baby’s rounds, held every morning. You can also request that your nurse page the doctor to come talk to you.

    + What time can I visit my baby?

    Parents, guardians and designees may visit 24 hours a day. Soon after admission, your baby’s nurse will work with you to design a visitation plan for your baby.

    + Is it OK to bring my other children with me to visit?

    Siblings must be at least 2 years old to visit. You must bring the child’s up-to-date immunization record with you or entrance will be denied. There are special times during the year when we do not allow sibling visitation because of the risk of colds and infection; we will let you know well in advance of this time.

    + How many people can visit at one time?

    You are allowed four visitors at the bedside at one time.

    + What kinds of newborn testing will my infant receive?

    Newborn screening (PKU)
    State law requires a blood test that determines if your baby has a special problem digesting proteins found in food.

    Hearing screen
    Completed by an audiologist from Cincinnati Children’s. You will be required to fill out one sheet of information prior to the test.

    Eye exam
    Some premature babies may be at risk for vision problems. A special eye doctor (ophthalmologist) trained in testing newborns   does this test in the NICU.

    + What if I want my son circumcised?

    Circumcision services are available before discharge. After reviewing educational materials and giving your consent, the neonatology team will perform the circumcision.

    + If my baby needs surgery, how do we find a surgeon?

    If your baby needs an operation, a Cincinnati Children’s surgeon, expert in the surgical care of newborns, will evaluate your baby.

    + If I have questions or want an update on my baby’s condition, how can I reach the surgeon?

    The surgical team will visit your baby daily and a Cincinnati Children’s surgeon is available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can reach your surgeon through your baby’s nurse, or you can call the surgical office at 513-636-4371. It is helpful to write down your questions prior to calling the surgeon so you can get all of the answers you need.