Extremely premature infants are born before the nervous system is
mature enough to handle outside stimuli without becoming overstimulated. Such
an infant is said to have a disorganized nervous system.
If your premature infant has a disorganized nervous system, you may
notice physical reactions (destabilization) 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).
April 14, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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