Beeps, bells, bright lights and busy bodies are ever-present in our demanding Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
Sadly, all of this state-of-the-art equipment intended to provide high-quality care, may cause harm to the infant. Technology could affect NICU babies for the rest of their lives.
Interestingly, the study of Neonatology is still in its infancy. Way back in the 1890s, a French physician by the name of Pierre Budin, made several discoveries regarding infant wellness. Budin’s findings ranged from realizing the vast superiority of a mother’s breast milk compared to that of a cow; to the importance of monitoring infants’ weight; to developing tools for premature infant feeding. However, the modern practice of Neonatology didn’t begin until the early 1960s, and was, surprisingly, initially based on trial and error instead of evidence-based research. Recent evidence demonstrates that infants who reside in this department are more vulnerable to technology and treatments than previously realized. Regarding neonatal intensive care, we still have a long way to go.