A Protocol for Swaddled Bathing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Karyn Quraishy, MSPT, CEMI, CST; Susan M. Bowles, DNP, RNC-NIC; James Moore, PhD, PT, PCS


NAINR. 2013;13(1):48-50. 

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Maintaining the infant in a neutral thermal environment has been a hallmark of NICU care since the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Following these guidelines allows NICU staff to create an environment conducive for growth and development of babies and their families.

As care providers in the NICU, it is important to recognize that even the most routine care has implications for the preterm and ill neonate. Providing care using developmental principles such as a swaddled bath and further refining those techniques may be a way to mitigate these complications.