Why is Developmental Care so Important?
Although physical and motor disorders may be more noticeable, preterm and medically fragile infants
are also at greater risk for cognitive, social–emotional, mental health, behavioural, speech-language,
and motor difficulties well into school age and beyond.
Positioning and Handling
The goal of supporting the premature infant’s body as closely as possible to the position the baby would have been in the womb.
Providing developmentally supportive positioning in the NICU influences:
- Neuromotor and musculoskeletal development
- Physiologic function and stability
- Thermal regulation
- Bone density
- Neurobehavioral organisation and sleep facilitation
- Calmness and comfort
- Skin integrity
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