- 22 % of babies are Low Birth Weight – less than 2.5 kg/ 5lbs 9 oz at birth
- 1 in 27 babies born alive dies in their first month
- 1 in 15 children dies before their 5th birthday1
- It is estimated that 43% of children under 5 years old are stunted (short for their age) 1
The LAMB Paediatric Unit cares for babies and children up to 12 years old. There are both Outpatient and Inpatient facilities.
Key features at the Hospital are
- New 34 bed Paediatric Ward with designated areas for “intensive care”, diarrhoea, malnutrition and elective cleft surgery
- 5 Paediatric doctors
- Paediatric Nurses, with some having undergone an additional 6 months specialized paediatric training at LAMB Hospital
- An Outpatients Paediatric Clinic
- Neonatal (newborns) Ward, including five phototherapy units for treatment of neonatal jaundice
The leading cause for paediatric admission is infection related.
LAMB is currently expanding the implementation of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) – a World Health Organisation programme.
Babies delivered at LAMB Hospital are often low birth weight. We promote immediate care to keep the baby warm and initiate immediate and exclusive breastfeeding, Kangaroo Mother Care is practiced for all babies under 1800 grams birth weight.
Babies not able to breathe after birth are immediately resuscitated by skilled birth attendants (Advanced Midwives). A number of nurses have also taken a LAMB-developed Neonatal Care course. Newborns with infection, respiratory distress or jaundice are managed according to evidence based practice.
Our hospital attained UNICEF and WHO’s “baby friendly” status in 1997.
A particular focus for the Paediatric unit has become the repair of cleft lips and cleft palates. These operations totally change the lives of the patients – most commonly, but not only children – by taking away very challenging facial disfigurements, and speech difficulties.
Cleft operations at LAMB are largely financed by Operation Cleft. (Please see our Partners page). The operations are carried out both by the resident LAMB surgeon, and also by visiting teams of volunteer surgeons from Bangladesh and overseas who carry out typically about 40 operations within a 1-2 week period.
The Paediatric unit gives special thanks to generous donations by
- Operation Cleft/ Glencoe Foundation of Australia
- Friends in Wales for a new phototherapy unit
- Many, many people around the world knitting hats for newborn babies
 Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey 2007 (last year full results available)