Enhancing sensory experiences for very preterm infants in the NICU: an integrative review

R Pineda, R Guth, A Herring, L Reynolds, S Oberle, J Smith
  • Journal of Perinatology, October 2016, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1038/jp.2016.179

Sensory experiences in the NICU: An integrative review

What is it about?

This review explored the literature related to positive sensory experiences for very preterm infants in the NICU (auditory, tactile, visual, gustatory/olfactory and multimodal).

Why is it important?

Preterm infants are at an increased risk of long-term difficulties. Positive sensory experiences can have a positive effect on infant learning, memory, emotions and developmental progression. A review of the current evidence, as in this article, will be beneficial in defining the amount, type and timing of positive sensory experiences for the preterm infant.

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