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What is the routine in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU)?

In the NICU, we want to create as normal of an environment as possible, making it important to balance proper health care and a comfortable environment.

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The newborn intensive care unit (NICU) environment can be unsettling, especially when it’s unfamiliar. Learning the NICU routine can help you plan your day and be part of your baby’s care team.

Nurses and other care providers record information as often as every 5 minutes. Most NICU nurses work 12-hour shifts. During shift changes, nurses give a report about your baby to the next nurse coming on duty.

There are also daily rounds during which members of your child’s care team discuss your baby’s condition and record information in your baby’s chart.

Your baby will be frequently fed, weighed, bathed, and given developmental therapy based on his condition and how well he is tolerating stimulation.

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