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The premature infant's body is unable to maintain body
heat. To prevent hypothermia, a potentially dangerous loss of body heat, the
infant is kept warm on a heated bed, either inside a draft-free enclosure
(isolette or incubator) or under a radiant heater.
As the infant's
nervous system, skin, and metabolism mature, the
infant becomes less vulnerable to hypothermia. At about 34 weeks'
premature infant usually can be moved into an open
Current as of:
March 22, 2013
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Kimberly Dow, MD, FRCPC - Neonatology
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