~Preemie is baby born before 37 weeks
~Micro Preemie is a preemie born
weighing less then 1 lb 12 oz.
~Apnea is a prolonged period of no
breathing, common in preemies, but
is something the eventually grow
~Bagging is when they may manually
push air into a babies lungs using
a facial mask and a bag that they
gently push air with.
~Blood gas is a blood test to detect
oxygen and carbon dioxide in the
~Chronic lung disease is a chronic
change in the babies lungs.
~CPAP is a machine the provides
constant low pressure to the airways
to keep the lungs expanded.
~EEG detects brain activity.
~EKG records the electrical activity
of the heart.
~Fontanel is the soft spot on the top of
your babies head.
~Gavage feeding is a tube that runs
either through the babies nose or mout
and into their stomach for feeding.
~Heel stick is a tiny heel prick to obtain
a small quantity of blood for testing.
~Intraventricullar hemmorage is another
word for a brain bleed.
~Kangaroo care is fun and is when you
will hold your baby skin to skin.
~Nasal canula is a tube the goes to the
nose providing oxygen.
~Oxyhood is a clear plastic hood that is
placed over the babies head to
provide oxygen and humidity.
~ Pneumonia is an inflammation of the
~Reflux is when stomach contents back
up into the esophagus. A type of
vomiting or spitting up and is common
in preemies. They usually will grow
out of this.
~Suction is when they vacuum out
secretions with a tiny tube just like a
vacuum in your home.
~Surfactant is a lubricating substance
that lines the small airways of the lungs
and helps to prevent the lungs from
sticking together. Very common in
preemies. Surfactant is regularly given
to preemies and has had much to do
with the good outcomes seen today.
~Umbilical catheter is similar to an IV in
which blood may be drawn and
medications may be given. Commonly
used in those born very early.
~Wean is to slowly remove them from a
medication or machine like a