Did You Know (DYK) NICU Facts

Quarterly DYK Facts (#DYK & #MASGNICU)

DYK: RSV Season

1st Quarter 

DID YOU KNOW: RSV Season is from November until the end of April in the following year?  The basic definition of RSV is: Respiratory syntactical virus (RSV) is a very common virus that leads to mild, cold-like symptoms in adults and older healthy children. It can be more serious in young babies, especially those in certain high-risk groups.  

We have 3 easy-basic steps you can take to help avoid going back into the NICU due to RSV: 

  1. NO KISSING. Don't be afraid to kindly set the tone to others for visiting and entertaining your baby. (Not even on the hands, due to babies randomly placing their hands in their mouths.)
  2. USE WIPES. Keep your baby's hands/feet clean by using baby wipes to clean their hands; especially after someone touches him/her.
  3. ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS. As a parent, keep your own hands clean.  Any and every bacteria you contract, can easily be passed to your baby.

Not only is RSV common but it can also be deadly.  If you notice the following symptoms, please contact your pediatrician as soon as possible: 

  • Great difficulty or fast breathing.
  • Excessive wheezing.
  • Gray or blue skin color.
  • High fever.
  • Thick nasal discharge that is yellow, green, or gray.
  • Worsening cough.
  • Extreme tiredness (especially during times they are normally active)

DYK: Your Cell Phone Is Nasty?!

2nd Quarter

DID YOU KNOW: Your cellphone has the ability to carry more than 7,000 germs/bacteria; in which some could come from the Streptococcus (strep throat) family?  That means your toilet seat is more cleaner than your cellphone! YIKES!  Before visiting the NICU, please disinfect your cell phone. The last thing you want to do is go through 2 minutes of washing your hands, only to add dirt to them and then touch your preemie.  

Below we have 3 simple steps on how to disinfect your cellphone:

1) Remove your cell phone from it case.  (If you have it in a cell phone case.)

2) Use either alcohol wipes and or Clorox disinfecting wipes to clean both your phone and the case.  If you don't have neither, grab a face towel, dab alcohol into it and use it to disinfect your phone.

3) If you are on your way to the NICU, after you have cleaned your phone, place it in your pocket and or purse so it stays disinfected in route to your NICU visit.

Imagine disinfecting your phone and carrying it into the hospital.  A person has a cold, coughs on their hand, and without thought touches the the elevator button.  Later, you come behind them, touch the elevator button as well, and then send a text message or answer a call.  Now their cough is not only on your finger (and now both hands) but all over your phone.  Of course, you enter into the NICU, wash your hands and visit your preemie, but you pull your phone out to take a picture of your baby... 

Should we continue to paint this horrid picture for you?


DYK: The Power of Liquid Gold

3rd Quarter

DID YOU KNOW: Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses, infections, and bacteria? In addition, it lowers the baby’s risk of asthma, allergies, and cancer. 

Check out a few of our random benefits on breast milk! 

  • Helps with baby’s skin and provides a less chance on the baby getting eczema.
  •  If the baby has “Baby Acne”, you are able to apply small amounts of breastmilk directly to
  • the baby’s face and use as a mask and or moisture supplement.
  •  It can be used as a rash ointment. Simply apply directly to the irritated area and allow it to
  • dry.
  • It’s the perfect vitamin, growth, and weight supplement for the baby. The breastmilk
  • literally morphs to meet your baby’s changing needs. As your baby grows and changes, so
  • does your milk.
  • It helps with the baby’s bowl movements and are less smelly.
  • It sooths baby’s irritableness and as pain relief. If you have an upset baby, simply nurse him
  • and it calms him.
  •  Breast milk is clinically proven to be more effective than vaccines.
  • In the early stages of the baby’s life it helps with brain development (as well as ongoing
  • The baby can easily digest breastmilk quicker and naturally than formula.
  • It can reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
  • It can be used for cradle cap. Simply massage the breast milk onto the baby’s scalp.
  • Breastmilk can help clean out clogged tear ducts.
  • It can treat an eye infection.
  • It helps with more sleep for the baby.

Understanding the power of breast milk can be an encouragement to keep your milk production high. If you are struggling with your milk production, check with your OBGYN for further assistance! #TeamLiquidGold 

DYK: Kangaroo Care

4th Quarter

DID YOU KNOW: 60 minutes of Kangaroo Care can encourage bay's heart rate & breathing to mimic your pattern and reduce stress?  It can also promote brain development and even increase mother's milk.  Even when the baby comes home, use 60 minutes of kangaroo time for further encourage healing.  Besides, it's an excellent way to bond.