LITTLE ROCK (KTHV-TV)-- A head-cooling device can prevent brain damage in some oxygen-deprived newborns.
Physicians at Arkansas Children's Hospital are using this device, providing critical care and support to these babies in need. Most of the babies that are in need of head cooling initially have a problem in labor and delivery, where they don't get enough oxygen to the brain. Immediately, the newborn is given fluid and nutrition intravenously.
In "cooling" the brain, many of the brain cells that would have died, stay alive. After 72 hours of cooling, the brain cells wake up and they survive.
In 2007, Arkansas Children's Hospital was the first in the world to track an infant with the FDA approved head cooling technology.