Applying Developmentally Supportive Principles to Diapering in the NICU: What We Know Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Developmental care measures are integrated in the NICU, but these measures are largely overlooked when it comes to standard care activities such as diapering. This general review of developmental care in the NICU discusses how caregivers can apply appropriate, individualized developmental care measures to diapering regimens. Numerous opportunities to expand developmental care measures into diapering care are identified; these opportunities can protect and promote sleep for hospitalized infants, enhance the diapering environment, minimize stress that infants may experience with diapering, improve infant skin health outcomes through use of evidence-based skin care practices, and foster family involvement during diapering care in the NICU. A developmental approach to diapering offers hospitalized infants regular opportunities to reach their neurodevelopmental potential.


  • Esser, Media
  • Dore, Sharon
  • Fitzgerald, Felicia
  • Kelley, Kelli
  • Kuller, Joanne
  • Ludwig, Sue
  • Peterman, Debianne

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  • May 2018