Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - caring for your baby
Congratulations! I'm yours and I'm here!
I already know you.
I know your voice.
I want your touch.
I need your love.
Because I came early, I need a special touch. But, before you touch me, speak very softly to me.
A firm touch makes me feel secure.
Contain my body using your warm hands. Watch me to see if this calms me.
Grasping comforts me too, so offer me your finger to hold on to.
My senses of touch and smell are the first to develop. Your smell can be very comforting to me.
You can bring in a soft, baby washcloth or baby t-shirt* that you have placed against your chest for several hours. This can be softly folded and placed against my chest so that I can "hug" it close to me and enjoy your smell.
Good periods of sleep are important to my growth. If I am sleeping quietly, wait until I awaken to give me your loving touch.
Even though I'm little, I can tell you how I'm feeling... I will use my body. My nurses and other caregivers will help you understand what I'm saying.
Watch my face and my body to see if I'm comfortable and remember, you are the most important members of my hospital team!
*These items will need to be changed each day. You can wash them at home. For infection control and to protect me, daily showers are a must.
Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
11234 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, California 92354
Phone (909) 558-4403