Some Practical Advice

Dealing with Winter Illnesses

Coughs and colds affect most of us at some point throughout the year but the peak season for those winter sneezes and diseases falls between October and March each year. While we are all at risk, very young children and especially those born prematurely are even more vulnerable and in particular, children with breathing problems or a heart condition. Here are some of the common winter illnesses you might come across and some tips for avoiding or reducing the risk of infections and keeping your children healthy.

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Getting to the Neonatal Unit

The information in this section provides you with contact details for each neonatal unit in Northern Ireland and details around the location. This should help you find your way to visit your baby.

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People you may meet in the Neonatal Unit

Babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) need constant monitoring and 24-hour care from a variety of health care professionals. You will want to get to know the doctors, nurses and other staff members who care for your baby.

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Equipment you might see in the Neonatal Unit

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) contains many machines and other types of equipment used to care for sick babies with many different problems. These machines seem less intimidating when you understand how they can help your baby. This section introduces you to some of the equipment you may see.

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Hand-washing in the Neonatal Unit

Babies on the Neonatal Unit are very young and their immune systems very immature. This makes them extremely susceptible to infection. By washing your hands thoroughly you can remove bacteria, which may be harmful to your baby.

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Advice for new Parents

At TinyLife we do our best to offer parents and families affected by premature birth, illness or disability in babies as much practical and emotional support as we can. This section offers some advice for those faced with the challenges of caring for a premature, ill or disabled baby on how to cope in those early stages and explains some of the feelings you may experience.

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Other Supporting Organisations In Northern Ireland

Need help or advice in relation to a specific area? In this section you’ll find a number of organisations providing a range of specialist support and information services to parents.

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