Did You Know: Language Exposure

2021-11-30T15:48:23-05:00November 30th, 2021|

Did you know purposeful language exposure in the NICU matters? Sick and premature infants in the NICU are often exposed to a myriad of mechanical and medical sounds, but may experience a deficit of purposeful language exposure.  Authors set out to explore the role of nurses and other health care providers in promoting language exposure [...]

Did You Know: Neonatal Massage & Pain

2021-09-24T15:07:42-04:00September 10th, 2021|

Did you know neonatal massage has been shown to be one of the most impactful non-pharmacologic pain preventatives? Neonatal pain and stress from repeated procedures has long-lasting consequences.  Health care providers strive to protect infants from pain, but pharmacologic treatments may also have short term and long term consequences.  In a 2021 article, authors discussed [...]

Did You Know: COVID 19

2021-07-19T16:56:51-04:00July 19th, 2021|

Did you know the COVID-19 pandemic has made neuroprotective, developmental, family-centered care even more vital?                COVID-19 has had far reaching impacts on every human on the planet.  Many policies have been established to protect particular groups of people, and reduce exposure to health care workers, and patients.  Policies and guidelines changed and evolved as scientists [...]

Did You Know: Skin-to-skin holding

2021-05-17T16:00:31-04:00May 15th, 2021|

Did you know the benefits of skin-to-skin holding are greater when babies are held longer? In NICUs, Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) has been used since 1978 in order to promote a neutral thermal environment, breastfeeding, neurodevelopment and growth, but what is the duration and frequency of KMC that shows the most benefit? Charpak et al [...]

Did You Know: Early Holding & Extremely Preterm Infants

2021-05-14T16:34:29-04:00February 15th, 2021|

Did you know cuddling their newborn baby in their arms is instinctive for all parents, despite gestational age at birth? In recent years, Kangaroo Care and Family-Centered Care have significantly increased as research has supported the importance of the short-term and long-term benefits to infants in the NICU.  But one group of infants in the [...]

Did You Know: Massage & Down syndrome

2020-12-14T16:34:45-05:00December 14th, 2020|

Did you know massage can improve overall development, motor development, visual-motor coordination, and language in infants with Down syndrome? Down Syndrome is the most common condition that involves a developmental or intellectual disability.  The disabilities may include alterations in development, behavior, motor, language, cognition and social development.  Many studies have examined the effects of massage [...]

Did You Know: Massage & Neonatal Jaundice

2020-09-21T15:47:33-04:00September 21st, 2020|

Did you know massage decreases the amount of time phototherapy is needed? Jaundice in neonates is a common problem, effecting 60-80% of babies.  Historically the primary treatment for jaundice has been phototherapy, but phototherapy is not without risks.  Side effects include rash, diarrhea, hyperthermia, dehydration, possible increased risk in childhood cancer, and physical separation from [...]

Did You Know: Painful Procedures

2020-06-05T16:51:36-04:00June 5th, 2020|

Did you know mothers want to be present for their infant's painful procedure? In a 2020 article published by the Journal of Neonatal Nursing, Hassankhani et al examined the effects of maternal presence and nursing bias during a painful procedures in Iran.  Due to cultural differences, only mothers were permitted to participate in care.  15 [...]

Did You Know: Skin-to-Skin

2020-03-24T18:34:33-04:00March 24th, 2020|

Did you know skin-to-skin is more effective at reducing stress than care in an incubator? Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are exposed to many stressors.  Growing evidence suggests that stress in early life can lead to long-term neurodevelopmental consequences.  These NICU stressors are often unintended or necessary medical interventions to keep the infant [...]

Did You Know: Oral Feeding

2020-01-29T16:31:01-05:00January 29th, 2020|

Do you know the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that affect oral feeding? In a December 2019 article, Fucile et al explored the intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting oral feeding in preterm infants.  Safe and successful oral feeding requires more than just suck, swallow, and breathe coordination.  As discussed by the authors, intrinsic factors include the [...]