Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In the NICU, It’s Not What You Say to Babies—It’s How Much You Say to Them

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While the neonatal intensive care unit is a relatively quiet environment to reduce stress levels on babies, families and staff, this does not mean that parents should not be talking to their babies.

Thanks to Caskey et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-0104), we see that the more parents talk to their young infants in the NICU, the better the developmental outcomes, in terms of language and cognitive scores as assessed by Bayley developmental testing measures.

This is a fascinating study that will perhaps increase the amount of parent-baby conversation in your nurseries—but read the study and see what you think.

Better yet, why not converse about this study (quietly) with parents in the NICU?

1 comment:

  1. I experienced this first hand as a volunteer at a NICU a few years back. The children respond to your voice. Listening intently as thought they are trying to catch your voice with their eyes.

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