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 [...]

Did You Know: Massage & Neonatal Jaundice

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

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

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

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

Did You Know: Therapy Referrals

2022-02-09T10:11:34-05:00December 3rd, 2019|

Did you know changes in models of care increase preventative therapy referrals? In a 2019 article, the Royal London Children’s Hospital in the United Kingdom reported on a Quality Improvement Project that was conducted in their Level II NICU.  The Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) team believed that the current model of problem-based referrals was [...]

Did You Know: Dads & Skin-to-Skin

2022-02-09T10:11:34-05:00October 29th, 2019|

Did you know that skin-to-skin holding benefits fathers too? In a 2019 research study, Huang and associates studied the effects of paternal skin-to-skin contact on term infants and their fathers after cesarean delivery.  A total of 100 infants born via cesarean section and their fathers were studied. The newborns were randomly assigned to 2 groups (n = [...]

Did You Know: Stress & Pain

2022-02-09T10:11:35-05:00August 1st, 2019|

Did you know parental involvement can reduce pain in preterm infants? In a 2019 literature review entitled Pain, Parental Involvement, and Oxytocin in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Filippa et al explored the many painful and stressful procedures preterm infants experience on a daily basis in the NICU, as well as the role of oxytocin [...]

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