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Caring for a Premature Baby - Glossary

Last Updated on Feb 09, 2016
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Glossary

Incubator: It is an enclosed, plastic box to keep the baby warm. It is usually temperature-controlled and the temperature can be adjusted. An incubator protects the baby’s skin and keeps the baby from infection and noise.

Feeding tube: It is a small, soft plastic placed through the nose or mouth to the stomach. This tube is used to feed and medicate the baby until he/she can feed on his/her own.
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Phototherapy: It is the process of using a special light to break down the bilirubin in the blood. The baby’s skin and blood absorb the light rays and this aids in the treatment of jaundice.

Rhesus disease: If the mother has rhesus-negative blood and the baby has rhesus-positive blood.

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