Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia

Why is it important to treat my baby for HIE?

A serious lack of oxygen to the brain can cause brain injury and death.  The doctors do not know if your baby has permanent brain injury.

If the brain injury is moderate to severe, your baby can have seizures.

Studies on human babies have shown that lowering the body temperature a few degrees for up to 72 hours may reduce injury to the brain.  This treatment must start within 6 hours of birth to be of benefit.