Principles of Neonatal Intensive Care

  • F. Beaufils
  • Y. Aujard
  • Y. Bompard


The neonatal period extends from birth to the 27th day of postnatal age. This definition is important because during 4 weeks the newborn is in transition in all the aspects of his life. The suppression of placental circulation requires an acute adaptation of almost all the organs, particularly the cardiopulmonary system, kidneys, and liver. Profound adjustments are necessary for all the vital processes, such as carbohydrate metabolism, endocrine systems, neurological development, and coagulation. The newborn passes suddenly from a pathogen-free environment to an environment rich in a great variety of pathogens and is not always able to protect himself against these pathogens. Although very complicated, the adjustments are generally successful. But any of them may fail and raise important problems.


Diaphragmatic Hernia Patent Ductus Arteriosus Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Positive Pressure Ventilation Diabetic Mother 
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  • Y. Aujard
  • Y. Bompard

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