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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Specially trained neonatal nurses are available for one-on-one patient care.

We're here when your child deserves world-class medical treatment.

At the Neonatal Intensive Care Unity (NICU) in Arkansas Children's Hospital, our 104-bed NICU is equipped and staffed to deliver a full-range of medical care services. From at-risk infants to critically ill neonates throughout the state, the NICU at Arkansas Children's Hospital has been the preferred choice in intensive care for mothers, expectant mothers, and infants throughout Arkansas.

24-Hour Medical Assistance for Your Growing Family

Our highly skilled and compassionate neonatologists, pediatricians, neonatal nurse practitioners, pediatric residents, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other team members provide coverage for all infants and families, including 24-hour in-house coverage.

Comprehensive neonatal clinical services include advanced pharmacologic and nutritional support in collaboration with neonatal pharmacologists and dieticians. Specialized clinical services include High-Frequency Ventilation, Nitric Oxide Therapy, Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation.

Neonatologists are actively engaged in several areas of research including neonatal ventilation; selective head/body cooling after hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy; effect of infant nutrition and nutritional supplementation on growth and development and subsequent brain function; stem cell differentiation/developmental biology; pain control in neonates; use of telemedicine to improve infant mortality; refinement of discharge planning and long-term follow-up as well as comprehensive medical management of complex NICU graduates.

Subspecialists from all the pediatric disciplines are available for consultation for any number of medical needs 24 hours a day. No matter the circumstance, we are here to assist you and your family during your time of need.

We are here not only to care for your precious baby, but also for you and your entire family. Our goal is for you to participate in your baby's care during the entire hospital stay so that you feel comfortable when it is time for you and your family to take your baby home. We also have a special place for you to rest in the NICU Family House. In the Family House you will find:

  • A Family Services Assistant available 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Chair beds, lockers, and showers
  • Two sleeping spaces for parents/guardians/grandparents as space allows
  • A laundry area and kitchenette for families and friends

Though most mothers and their precious young ones do not need around-the-clock consultation services, most patients and their families are extremely comforted by the fact that we are here at any time. In the event of an emergency or an unexpected incident, you can rest assured that our highly qualified team of compassionate nurses can be reached at any time through the After Hours Resource Line (501) 364-2475.

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If your child is being admitted to the Arkansas Children's Hospital NICU, please watch the short video below. We hope to provide you with helpful information about what you can expect from your visit at the Arkansas Children's Hospital NICU.

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New Parent Planner - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) child care guide.

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