NICU stands for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is a specialized medical unit within a hospital that provides intensive care for newborn infants, especially those who are premature or born with medical conditions requiring immediate attention. The NICU is equipped with advanced medical technology and a highly trained healthcare team that includes neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other specialists.

The primary goal of the NICU is to monitor, stabilize, and provide comprehensive medical care to newborns who may face challenges in their early days of life. Premature infants, those with low birth weight, respiratory distress, infections, congenital anomalies, or other critical conditions often require the specialized care offered in the NICU.