We give antibiotics if we think your baby has an infection. Some infections can make a baby very sick.

A lot of antibiotics are given via a drip (cannula) within the vein, straight in to the blood stream, in order that they can work more quickly.  They are stopped after it is safe to do so.  Normally they can be given for 2-7 days, depending on the germ they may be sick with.  In very rare cases, they may be given for a longer period of time.

It is therefore extremely important that any infections are treated.  This may delay your baby from coming home, but will make sure that the infection is treated.


Caffeine is often given to preterm babies to help a baby's breathing.  Very preterm babies can fall in to a 'deep sleep", which may result in them stopping breathing.  This is picked up by the monitor and is easily halted by gently waking the baby.  If this happens a lot, your baby may need caffeine to help their breathing.  Caffeine will be stopped as your baby becomes bigger and can breathe without this problem happening.


Gaviscon is given to a number of babies on NNU to treat a condition called reflux.  This is similar to heartburn. Giving Gaviscon helps to thicken the milk in your baby's tummy and also makes it less acid, reducing the risk for this to occur.


Iron is often given as a supplement, to some of our babies who are fed by breast milk. This is commenced after 28 days of age. It is prescribed in order to help the baby make red blood cells and reduce the need for a blood transfusion.

Joules Phosphate

This is given to help your baby's bones to grow if born early.



Multi-vitamins are often given to our babies in order to top up the value of any milk the baby may be receiving, helping your baby to grow and develop. 


Premature babies lose sodium (salt) in urine and hence this is frequently given as supplement if sodium level in blood is low.