The Department of Neonatology at Ahalia Women and Children’s Hospital caters not only to the in-born babies, but also is a referral centre for sick newborns from other hospitals in and around Palakkad.
The Neonatology Team comprising of a qualified Neonatologist (DM Neonatology), Pediatricians and well trained NICU Staff work round the clock to provide comprehensive care to newborns.
The state-of-the-art NICU Complex comprises of 3 separate NICUs for various levels of care, and 2 ‘isolation’ NICUs for babies with contagious diseases. Our department takes care of all newborn ailments including extreme prematurity, asphyxia, pneumonia etc. All modes of mechanical ventilation including High Frequency Ventilation are being offered for babies with respiratory ailments. The latest means of surfactant administration including MIST/LISA and gentle ventilation are being followed with the intention of promoting lung development with utmost care. Total Parenteral Nutrition is started on day 1 itself for extreme preterms and also for newborns with surgical problems.
In-house digital X-ray, Ultrasound and Echocardiography are available. All newborns undergo screening for congenital hypothyroidism & hearing. Preterms have ROP screen done inside the NICU itself.
Our department also has a highly trained and specialized Neonatal Resuscitation and Transport Team to resuscitate and transfer babies. ‘NICU-on-wheels’,our state-of-the-art Neonatal ambulance comes with an incubator, respiratory support system and all necessary equipments & drugs required for safe transport from the referring centers to our hospital.
Department of Neonatology is complemented by a highly dedicated team of experienced Obstetricians who make sure that intra-uterine growth and development of the fetus proceeds normally. All standard perinatology guidelines and protocols are implemented to prepare for a safe delivery of a healthy newborn. They are also well equipped to handle any obstetric emergencies.
Finally, we believe in a family-centered approach and hence, parents are also included in our Team during the treatment process. All NICU graduates are reviewed regularly in our follow-up clinic. We strive hard to promote intact survival. Rest assured, your baby is in safe hands.