This week, preemies who’re spending their first vacation within the NICU, wore the tiniest Halloween costumes you have got ever seen. The teeny tots, who’re at present receiving care at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, dressed up as superheroes, butterflies and ladybugs, because of March of Dimes volunteers.
The hospital’s NICU Household Assist Program photographers additionally helped to supply dad and mom of critically unwell newborns with a number of smiles, and a second of normalcy throughout a really tense time. Pictures of the itty-bitty trick-or-treaters got to the households as keepsakes.
“Day-after-day a toddler is within the NICU might be scary and unsure, however holidays are particularly powerful, as households miss the traditional joys of celebrations at residence,” Rebecca Keunen, March of Dimes/NICU Household Assist Coordinator mentioned in a press launch.
Because of the March of Dimes, the celebration got here to the NICU for these courageous babies.
This little man was clearly having fun with dressing up as a superhero, which he most definitely is, being a NICU warrior.
Among the many babies in these photos are those that have been born too small, too quickly, or with a medical situation that requires intensive care.
In accordance with the March of Dimes, a child born earlier than 37 weeks of being pregnant is taken into account untimely. Even babies born just some weeks too quickly can face critical well being challenges and are in danger for lifelong disabilities comparable to respiratory issues, imaginative and prescient loss, cerebral palsy, and mental delays.
Do you know that 1 in 10 babies within the U.S. is born too quickly? And a few dad and mom don’t even know why. March of Dimes-funded researchers and scientists are main the best way in working to perceive the unknown causes of untimely delivery.
Till we all know extra, right here’s wishing each child within the NICU energy, love, and a really pleased Halloween.