Prickly heat

Because some studies have suggested that the bright, noisy environment of the NICU was not the best place for seriously ill tiny babies. Many NICUs now try to use soft lighting, a quiet environment, and provide as little disruption as possible. Health care experts and parents try to handle premature babies as slowly and carefully as possible, because they are sensitive to abrupt motions. Handling is important to their development, however, and parents are encouraged to provide skin-to-skin contact in the course of routine care.

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