It’s well known that day-to-day life in a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) can be stressful and draining for families. Premature babies and infants with other serious health issues after birth may spend days, weeks, or even months in a NICU. Amidst all the machines and activity necessary to care for the new arrivals, hospitals often designate strict “quiet time” scheduled in the unit each day. And thanks to research from a University of Nebraska–Lincoln team, we’re learning just how important quiet time is in supporting NICU patients.

 

 

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