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Coloured hats help keep new babies safe

Published 01/02/2017

Generous knitters have donated hundreds of little red, green and yellow hats as part of a new initiative to keep babies warm in the first few days after birth.

Newborn babies lose heat very quickly, which can lead to them becoming unwell. Some babies are more at risk of this than others, so the Maternity team at Derby Teaching Hospitals has developed a new scheme to make sure all babies receive the right level of care.

Each baby born at the Royal Derby Hospital is given a coloured hat when they are born which indicates to staff and parents which level of care is the right for them.

Jane Haslam, Head of Midwifery for Derby Teaching Hospitals, said: “The Newborn Thermal Care Safety Bundle is really important to make sure that babies are kept at the right temperature, as if they are too warm or too cold it could be a sign that they are developing an infection. This plan helps to make parents and staff aware of the signs indicating changes in temperature, and helps them to take action. We’re so grateful to everyone who has helped us with this.”

All new parents are given a Goldilocks poster by their community midwife when they go for their 36-week appointment, which offers advice on how to make sure that when their baby arrives they’re not too cold, not too hot, but just right.

Knitted hats have been donated by Trust volunteers, staff and even local youth groups. The 1st Oakwood Guide group has also got involved, holding fund-raising events so they could buy new hats.

New hats are always needed. Anyone who would like to get involved can send hats to Karen Payne or Cindy Meijer at Ward 314 at the Royal Derby Hospital. Hats of all colours with a circumference of 13-16 inches (33-41cm) are needed; red and yellow hats for smaller babies, with an 11-inch circumference (28cm), are also needed. 

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Last Modified 07/02/2017