Neonatologists – For Better Health Care of Your Newborn
Neonatology: An Introduction
Neonatology is a specialty of pediatrics that includes the medical care of newborn babies (specifically in the first 4 weeks after the birth), especially those that are delivered prematurely. It is usually practiced in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). The primary patients who require this special medical care are newborn infants who are ill or prematurely delivered, have low birth weight, intrauterine growth restriction, congenital malformations (birth defects), sepsis, pulmonary hypoplasia, or birth asphyxia.
Neonatologists: Spectrum of Care
Neonatologists are highly trained and extensively skilled doctors who rather than focusing on a particular organ, focus on the care of newborn infants who require OPD advice or hospitalization. Some of the problems that these critically ill babies face range from premature birth to underdevelopment due to lack of oxygen at birth. A Neonatologist works with these babies from the time they are born till the time they leave the NICU. The NICU is more commonly called the ICU for newborn babies who are born with major health issues.
Some of the responsibilities of a neonatologist include:
What are the Diseases Treated by Neonatologists?
What are the Common Procedures done by Neonatologists?
What Treatments are Provided in Neonatology?
Neonatologists are responsible to provide for the following care:-
The Path to Become a Certified Neonatologist
To become a qualified Neonatologist, a doctor must receive five & a half years of training in M.B.B.S from medical college which is followed by a post-graduation course in Paediatric medicine for three years. Furthermore, they also have to undertake a super specialization degree in Neonatology to complete their training and certification.
Dr. Divaanshu Gupta
Dr. Divaanshu Gupta is a cardiac anaesthesiologist in Manipal Hospital, Jaipur. He has done his M.B.B.S. as well as M.D. Anaesthesia from S.M.S. Medical College. He has a vast experience of working in various critical care units of government as well as corporate hospitals.