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Did You Know: Human Interaction

October 9th, 2018|

Did you know extremely preterm infants in the NICU are alone 80% of the time during the first 30 days of life?    In the 2018 study by Gonya and colleagues, entitled Human Interaction in the NICU and its Association with Outcomes on the Brief Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment (BITSEA), researchers examined the relationship between [...]

Did You Know?

August 24th, 2018|

Did you know infants treated for neonatal abstinence syndrome score significantly lower in cognitive, language, and motor outcomes at age 2?    In the 2018 study by Merhar and colleagues, entitled Retrospective Review of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Infants Treated for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, researchers completed a retrospective cohort study looking at neurodevelopmental outcomes of 87 infants treated for [...]

Did You Know?

July 17th, 2018|

Did you know that targeted education can improve staff knowledge and caregiving practices in the NICU?    In the 2018 study by Charafeddine and colleagues, entitled Targeted Educational Program Improves Infant Positioning Practice in the NICU, researchers focused on improving the consistency of  therapeutic positioning in their unit. This was achieved by completing two rounds of [...]

Did You Know?

June 12th, 2018|

Did you know skin-to-skin holding increases oxytocin and decreases cortisol in babies and their parents?  In the 2018 study by Vittner and colleagues, entitled Increase in Oxytocin From Skin-to-Skin Contact Enhances Development of Parent-Infant Relationship, researchers studied the correlation between skin-to-skin holding and oxytocin and cortisol levels and parental stress and anxiety. This randomized crossover study [...]