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A premature infant's body is not able to maintain body
heat. It's important to prevent hypothermia, which is a loss of body heat that can be dangerous. So the
infant is kept warm on a heated bed. This may be 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 is less likely to get hypothermia. At about 34 weeks'
gestation, or about 4 lb (2 kg), a
premature infant usually can be moved into an open
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerJennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Current as ofFebruary 16, 2017
Current as of:
February 16, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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