Did You Know: GERD

2023-01-26T17:29:14-05:00January 26th, 2023|

Did you know non-pharmacologic management of GERD should be your first line of defense?             Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) commonly occurs in infant’s admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. When reflux does occur, an infant can be asymptomatic or present with symptoms related to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). The clinical [...]

Did You Know: Pain in the NICU

2022-10-11T13:59:00-04:00October 11th, 2022|

Did you know reducing pain in the NICU remains a top priority in neonatal care? Pain is a sensory and emotional experience, and research has shown that even the tiniest neonates experience pain.  It has been proven the that perception of pain is well developed by 20-24 weeks gestation.  Pain causes sympathetic stimulation, cortisol, aldosterone [...]

Did You Know: 2-Person Caregiving

2022-07-11T11:18:10-04:00June 9th, 2022|

Did you know 4-handed care (2-person caregiving) significantly reduces mean heart rate during and after suctioning compared to 2-handed care?                Pain is the fifth vital sign with short-term and long-term effects for the infant in the NICU. Pain decreases oxygenation, causes hemodynamic instability, increased intracranial pressure, leads to anxiety, stress, hyperactivity and attention issues.  [...]

Did You Know: Behavioral & Cognitive Performance

2022-03-23T17:18:47-04:00March 1st, 2022|

Did you know behavior and cognitive performance at 18 months is predictive of performance at 36 months in former preterm infants? Historically, literature suggests that children born preterm have more behavioral and cognitive challenges than their peers born at term.  Such challenges include lower cognitive function, withdrawn and anxious behaviors, ADHD, and much higher rate [...]

Did You Know: Language Exposure

2022-02-11T08:16:14-05:00November 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

2022-02-09T10:11:34-05:00September 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

2022-02-09T10:11:34-05:00July 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

2022-02-09T10:11:34-05:00May 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

2022-02-09T10:11:34-05:00February 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

2022-02-09T10:11:34-05:00December 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 [...]

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