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Premature Infant's Inability to Maintain Body Heat

Premature Infant's Inability to Maintain Body Heat

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' gestation , a premature infant usually can be moved into an open crib.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last Revised April 14, 2011

Last Revised: April 14, 2011

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