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Premature infants are born before the nervous system is
mature enough to handle outside stimuli without becoming overstimulated. Your baby will need to sleep most of the time and will not interact a lot with you at first. But your presence is important to your baby. When you are with your baby, keep your voice low and keep outside noise and light to a minimum.
If your premature infant is overstimulated, you may
notice physical reactions in the presence of too much sound,
touch, movement, or light, including:
If you see such signs, give your infant some peace and quiet. The
next time you're together, try only one stimulus at a time (such as touch or
voice, but not both).
Look for signs that your baby is relaxed and ready to interact with you, such as:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKimberly Dow, MD, FRCPC - Neonatology
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kimberly Dow, MD, FRCPC - Neonatology
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