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What is a neonatologist? A neonatologist is the doctor that provides medical care to premature and critically ill newborn babies.

When to visit

When would you see a neonatologist? A neonatologist would provide care to newborn infants who are ill or requiring special medical care due to prematurity, low birth weight, intrauterine grown retardation, congenital malformations (birth defects), and sepsis or birth asphyxias.

What to expect

What would you expect during a visit with a neonatologist? Rather than focusing on a particular organ system, neonatologists focus on the care of newborns requiring ICU hospitalization. They may also act as general pediatricians, providing well newborn evaluation and care in the hospital where they are based. Some neonatologists, particularly those in academic settings, may follow infants for months or even years after hospital discharge to better assess the long term effects of health problems early in life. Some neonatologists perform clinical and basic science research to further our understanding of this special population of patients.

How often to visit

How often should you take your newborn to see a neonatologist? The frequency of visits to medical geneticist will vary, depending on the situation of the newborn.

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