The Advanced Neonatal & Paediatric Tertiary Care Centre of the best neonatal intensive care unit in Ernakulam provides health and medical care to new born babies, infants, toddlers and children up to the age of 18.
Treating a child with an illness is not the same as treating an adult, as it requires specialized care and a different degree of understanding. Unlike adults, children cannot always say what is bothering them nor can often provide reliable answers to medical questions. It is also difficult to medically examine an infant or a child as they tend to be restive and probably not co-operative during the process. The clinician must also take into account the immature physiology of the infant or child when considering symptoms, prescribe medications, and diagnose illnesses. A paediatrician should also be more concerned about congenital defects, genetic variance, and developmental issues than a physician treating an adult.
The Paediatrics & Neonatology department of the best neonatal intensive care unit comprises of a team of well-qualified specialist consultants, junior consultants and a group of nursing staff specially trained in delivering neonatal & paediatric patient care. This is complemented by excellent support from other multidisciplinary specialist departments, when required, especially in life threatening emergencies. All these factors have made the department a front runner in providing comprehensive paediatric healthcare and have earned the status of a referral unit in the region.
While the primary focus of the Paediatrics & Neonatology department is to provide timely and effective clinical care to infants and children, we are also concerned about the traumatic effect an illness of a child can bring to their family. Therefore we strive to provide a family-centered care approach in treating our young patients, where we work closely with the parents during the entire treatment plan to relieve their anxiety, as well as that of the patient. For complex cases that require more specialized attention, our multidisciplinary medical team will be providing additional support.
The neonatal intensive care unit comprises of three separate divisions based on the grading of risks.
• Critical Care – For high-risk babies needing interventional treatment, modalities including artificial ventilation, exchange transfusion etc. and constant monitoring.
• High Dependency – In-utero transfers & inborn babies – extreme preterm or babies with neonatal problems requiring close monitoring
• Low Dependency – Growing Nursery – For low birth weight babies needing careful feeding techniques, aseptic nursing care, and close observation
The services provided by the neonatal intensive care unit include the following:
• Medical management of care of premature, and extremely premature babies and those with conditions such as IUGR (Intra Uterine Growth Restriction)
• Managing the treatment of critically ill or babies requiring surgery.
• Stabilize and treat new born with any life-threatening medical problems.
• Diagnose and provide treatment to new born babies for conditions such as
• Breathing problems
• Broncho Pulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)
• Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
• Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS)
• Birth injuries/defects
• Abdominal distension
• Blue baby
• Excessive crying
• Forceps marks
• Neonatal jaundice
• Lethargy and sleepiness
• Ensure the nutritional requirement of critically ill babies for healing and growth.
• Consultation with other specialists such as paediatricians, obstetricians to evaluate any condition that may affect the neonates.
• Level III neonatal care with 1:1 patient-nurse ratio for the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of extremely premature and medically fragile neonates.
• Housed in a spacious environment with facility for parents to stay overnight.
• Availability of a resident paediatrician providing 24×7 service.
• Specialized multidisciplinary support such as obstetrics, neurology, paediatric surgery for handling emergencies.
• State-of-the-art operation theatre suite for handling a variety of surgeries.
• Separate ICUs for neonatal and paediatric cases.
• Neonatal ICU (30-bed facility) with ventilator
• Specially trained nursing staff providing one-to-one care in the ICUs
• Modern equipment for monitoring the child’s condition such as pulse oximeters, syringe infusion pumps and life-saving devices such as paediatric ventilators.
• Other routine therapies such as blue photography, incubators
• Imaging services that include Neurosonography, MRI, CT, Colour Doppler, X-ray, ECG
Dr.T.V.Ravi, MD (Paed.), DCH
Head of the Department & Chief Paediatrician
Dr. Grace Thomas, MD, DCH(Neonatology) (UK)
Senior Consultant Paediatrician
Dr. M.Narayanan, MD, DCH
Visiting Consultant Paediatrician
Dr. M.Suma, MBBS, DCH
Dr. Reeba Chacko, MBBS, Dip. Paed. (Vienna)
Dr. R.Sindhu, MD, DCH, DNB(Paed.)
Dr. A.Indra, MBBS, DCH
Dr. R.Srividya, MBBS, DCH, DNB