Thermoregulation in preterm infants
Regulation of body temperature is a basic aspect of newborn care. In preterm born babies, this is particularly important since hypothermia is associated with a greater risk of morbidity and mortality. Temperature control can be achieved through various care practices.
For more information on thermoregulation please download our newly developed factsheet. It is available for download in English, German, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Italian, and Russian below:
Preterm and hospitalised infants often stuggle with maintaining a stable body temperature. Learn more in our training module on thermal management in newborn infants.
Video interview with Professor Katrin Klebermass-Schrehof on the importance of temperature management for newborns
In this video interview, Professor Katrin Klebermass-Schrehof, professor for neonatology at the Medical University Vienna, discusses the role of body temperature in newborn care.
Video interview with Anna Kalber on the importance of thermoregulation
In this full video interview, experienced neonatal nurse and trainer Anna Kalber explains why thermoregulation is an important parameter and why it is dangerous for babies if they get too cold.
You can also visit our thermoregulation playlist or watch featured highlights in the short clips below:
Video interview with Dr. Mark Johnson and Aisling Walsh
Dr. Mark Johnson from the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton (UK) speaks to us about the importance of temperature regulation in newborn babies, with a particular focus on preterm babies.
Find out more about the measures taken and challenges faced in thermoregulation by healthcare professionals in this video.
Promoting good practice in newborn temperature regulation: Dr. Alok Sharma’s story
Dr. Alok Sharma, consultant neonatologist at Southampton University Hospital, has developed a programme to improve the quality of care for preterm and term born babies which recognises the importance of thermoregulation. Read his story to find out:
- How he came to realise the importance of thermoregulation in neonatal care,
- How his multicultural background shaped his approach to neonatal resuscitation measures, and
- How he improved care practices at Southampton University Hospital and beyond.
The topic of “Thermoregulation” is kindly supported by GE HealthCare.