Premature Infant's Inability to Maintain Body Heat
A premature infant's body is not able to maintain body
heat. It's important to prevent hypothermia, which is a loss of body heat that can be dangerous. So the
infant is kept warm on a heated bed. This may be 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 is less likely to get hypothermia. At about 34 weeks'
premature infant usually can be moved into an open
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKimberly Dow, MD, FRCPC - Neonatology