The pediatrics department delivers care for healthy and sick children whereby services include history taking, general examination, local examination, investigations, assessment of growth and development, nutritional assessment, vaccination, accident prevention and referral to other specialties. The Allergy Clinic is also available as part of the service.
In-patient care includes the admission of children to the Pediatric Ward. Monitoring and management of sick neonates occurs through the special care baby unit or the neonatal intensive care unit.
Newborns should be seen weekly until 1 month of age. Subsequent follow ups should be at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 month, 15 months and 18 months. Children between 3 to 6 years old should visit the pediatrician annually and every two year thereafter.
SPECIAL BABY CARE UNITY/NEONATAL
The special baby care unit/neonatal intensive care unit (SSCBU/NICU) unit delivers quality care for premature babies and term neonates from Labour and Delivery. Neonates are admitted to the SCBU/NICU with varying conditions and gestational ages starting at 35 weeks.
Some babies need special care in hospital, sometimes on the ordinary postnatal ward and sometimes in a SCBU or NICU. The difference between NICU and SCBU lies in the level of care needed by each baby. Care given in SCBU is less intensive than that given in a NICU. Sometimes babies who are very ill or small start in ICU and progress to SCBU as their condition improves. The SCBU is less warm than the NICU and some units have an even cooler room to acclimatize babies to cooler temperatures before going home. Babies who may need special care includes:
Babies who are born early.
Babies born earlier than 34 weeks may need extra help breathing, feeding and keeping warm; the earlier they are born the more help they are likely to need. Babies who are very small or who have life-threatening conditions usually affecting their breathing, heart and circulation
babies born to diabetic mothers
Babies where the delivery has been very difficult may need to keep under close observation for a time
Babies with very marked jaundice
Babies awaiting or recovering from complex surgery