Good nutrition is essential for a baby's continued growth and development. Your baby's nutritional needs are an important concern of our staff.
There are times when a newborn's respiratory system is such that feeding the baby from the breast or bottle is not always possible. There also are times when a newborn's digestive system is unable to digest breast milk or formula. When baby is not able to take in nutritional needs by breast or bottle feeding, he or she is fed a nutritional solution through a catheter inserted into a vein. The placement of the catheter may be in a vein located in the hand, foot or scalp. If a scalp vein is used, it may be necessary to shave your baby's hair in order to insert and tape the IV catheter.
If you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s care, please ask the doctors or nurses attending to your baby.