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“Cool Cap”: life-saving treatment

Baby with father and nurseWe welcome most of our littlest patients into the world with warm blankets and hugs from mom and family. Parents find it comforting to know that
we can also take quick action if their baby needs a high level of expert medical care at the moment of birth.

One of our most innovative procedures is called the “Cool Cap.” This is an emergency treatment that some newborns need soon after birth. It helps us to prevent mental retardation, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. It also saves the lives of newborns every year.

Cool Cap helps babies at birth who have difficulty with brain swelling or lack of oxygen. As its name implies, it cools the head of a newborn to keep the brain from swelling. This gives the baby time to heal.

We provide this advanced care at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Danville. It is performed right within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit within six hours of birth. After cooling, our specialists then slowly re-warm the baby’s head.

The FDA reports that the Cool Cap can help thousands of babies every year, and we are pleased to bring this level of care to our community. And through our Life Flight transport services, we also offer this life-saving treatment to babies born throughout Pennsylvania.