Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
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Neonatal Intensive Care

Neonatal Intensive Care Units are ideal places to take care of newborns who:

  • Are premature (born at least three weeks earlier than the due date)
  • Experience complications during birth
  • Have birth defects
  • Suffer from a contagious illness or drug-related problem

Your baby's in the NICU or special care nursery, because she/he needs more care than is offered in the regular nursery. Babies come to the NICU for many reasons. At Dell Children's, our dedicated NICU team is trained to care for very sick babies. Our goal, along with providing quality care, is to provide families with the tools needed to share positive experiences with their baby.

Composed of 25 beds, our Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit offers 24-hour coverage by neonatologists, nurses and ancillary staff who work closely with physicians in a variety of specialties to care for the diverse medical needs of our smallest and most fragile patients.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has all private rooms that control light and sound to aid in the healing of the newborn. There are also Infant/Parent Bonding Rooms to provide monitored support to help parents prepare for home care.


What is a Level 3 NICU?

A level 3 neonatal intensive care unit is a special nursery for premature and sick newborns staffed by physicians (Neonatologist), nurses, and respiratory therapists specially trained to care for critically ill neonates.  All of the pediatric sub specialists at the Dell Children’s Medical Center are available for consultation on infants in the NICU.