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With a nationally recognized neonatology program and a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we've seen – and treated – babies with every illness, congenital condition and anomaly possible.

Our skilled staff is able to provide the highest level of care for premature babies or infants who may have a birth defect or another kind of anomaly. Because Cook Children's is a health care network, infants and newborns in our NICU get 24/7 care from top pediatric specialists. Our team of neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners, along with doctors and other health care professionals from a variety of medical specialties such as Pulmonology, Neurology, Pediatric Surgery, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease and Cardiology are there to care for your baby's unique needs.

Preemies and micropreemies
Preemies and micropreemies have many special needs that make their care different from that of full-term infants.

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Multiple births
More than half of all twins are born prematurely (before 37 weeks), and the risk of having a premature delivery increases when you have multiple pregnancy such as triplets or quadruplets.

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Newborn craniofacial surgery
Cleft lip and cleft palate happen in about 1 or 2 of every 1,000 babies born in the United States each year, making it one of the most common birth defects.

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Neonatal neurology and neurosurgery
Cook Children's neonatal neurology and neurosurgery team diagnose, and treat newborns with neurologic congenital conditions.

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Newborn stroke
People rarely think of children as being at risk for stroke. But the truth is, strokes can happen to people of all ages, even to babies in the womb.

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Hyperinsulinism
Hyperinsulinism (HI), a rare, and often severe, genetic disorder is the most common cause of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in infants more than 3 days old.

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Newborn heart surgery
Our NICU has a state-of-the-art cardiology unit for newborns who require heart surgery. An entire neonatology and cardiology team monitor your baby around the clock.

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Complex neonatal surgery
Babies born with a congenital condition may require immediate surgical intervention and correction. At Cook Children's, we're prepared for even the most complicated issues.

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Newborn gastrointestinal surgery
Gastrointestinal defects are structural defects that can happen at any point along the gastrointestinal tract, which is made up of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum, and anus.

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Therapeutic hypothermia (body cooling)
Therapeutic hypothermia, or body cooling, is used to help reduce brain injury when a baby doesn't get enough oxygen due to asphyxia, stroke or other stresses before or during birth.

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Respiratory issues
Some newborns have respiratory issues that require treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit. Our team of neonatologists experienced in congenital or acquired airway problems.

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Feeding issues
Feeding problems can be the result of a condition, or because a baby has been fed by a tube and needs to be retrained. Our expert neonatal feeding team is here to help.

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Tele-NICU
For physicians and families in outlying regions of Texas, as well as across the globe, our telemedicine program provides lower level NICU’s with access to our more than 240 specialists, in real-time.

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NEST Developmental Follow-up Center
Preemies and babies who are born with serious medical conditions have a higher risk for future challenges with hearing, seeing, talking, feeding, motor skills and intellectual development.

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Dedicated care

Because Cook Children's has pediatric and neonatal trained specialists in multiple specialties and subspecialties, you can rest assured that you baby will receive attentive, focused care from experts in treating even the tiniest infants.

Babies who have medical problems with their heart, brain or central nervous system will have doctors who are specially trained to care for them, and nurses who have extra training for those conditions. Nurses from the Cook Children's Heart Center help babies with cardiovascular disease or who have had heart surgeries.

Babies who need care for seizures or who need to recover from a brain injury will have dedicated care from members of our Neurosciences department. The Cook Children's NICU also provides specialized care for babies with hyperinsulinism, which is a group of genetic disorders that cause hypoglycemia. In addition, we are the only medical center in Tarrant County to provide extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment for babies who need to let their heart and lungs recover while they are being treated for a disease or from surgery. If necessary, we have the ability to perform emergency surgery without ever leaving the NICU.

We're here to help.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a NICU tour, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 855-687-6428.