Babies on the Unit
- Problems in Pregnancy
- Baby Problems
- At Delivery
- Research Studies
- Incubators/heated cots
- Monitoring
- Help with Breathing
- Phototherapy
- Lines & Tubes
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- Blood Tests
- Lumbar Puncture
- Head Ultrasound Scans
- Eye Tests
- Hearing Tests
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Keeping Warm


To help premature or sick babies to maintain their temperature, we place them inside an incubator, or in a heated cot.

Incubators are closed boxes with hand-sized holes at the side. They keep the heat in and help to prevent the baby from losing moisture by evaporation from the skin.


At Hillingdon, we use two types: HillRom (left) and Giraffe incubators (right).



Heated cots have a water filled mattress which is heated slightly to help keep a baby warm. The temperature is adjustable to meet baby's needs.