WORLD PREMATURITY DAY
Every NICU in Ireland receives a hamper from the INHA on November 17th containing premature baby clothing, linen, blankets, hats, incubator covers, kangaroo mothercare sweaters, cosynests, journals and pens, toiletries, waterwipes, boxes of chocolates, angel gowns, water bottles, handwashing tags and much more. The public can sponsor a hamper (please contact the INHA for details) or you can donate items to be included in the hampers.
WORLD PREMATURITY DAY
PURPLE ILLUMINATION OF LANDMARKS
To celebrate the 4500 babies born too early in Ireland each year, many Irish landmarks will be illuminating in purple light on the night of November 17th. A list of participating landmarks is published closer to the date – check our current events page to find out more.
KNIT FOR NICUS
Many of our neonates are too small for conventional baby clothing and as soon as the infants medical condition permits clothing, families often find it difficult to source suitable garments.
Can you knit or crochet and would you like to join our community of crafters to make hats, cardigans and quilts for premature babies?
On World Prematurity Day, November 17th, each year the INHA delivers hampers of clothing and quilts to the Irish Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
Please forward your knitted, crocheted or sewn garments to the INHA , 26 Oak Glen View, Southern Cross, Bray, Co Wicklow.
WEDDING DRESSES TO ANGEL GOWNS
Many of the babies who pass away in our NICU’s are too tiny for conventional baby clothing so the INHA have enlisted the assistance of sewers from around the country, to convert wedding dresses and communion dresses into angel gowns. Many of the donated dresses are from families who have experienced a premature birth or families who have lost infants. The angel gowns are delivered to the NICU’s and offered to those families whose babies don’t survive.
If you would like to donate a wedding dress, communion dress or christening gown to our Angel Gowns project or if you would like to help convert the dresses please contact us for further details.
The neurological system of premature babies is immature and under developed and is unable to process many of the stimuli of the busy Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) without interfering with the development of the neurological system.
More and more hospitals around the world are acknowledging and addressing the damaging effects of loud noise and bright light. However, the NICU is a busy place providing intensive care around the clock, which makes it in practice impossible to completely ban excessive light and noise from the unit. Reduction of high-risk neonates’ exposure to aversive light and noise stimulation is an important component of developmentally supportive care. In the NICU, usually light and noise are reduced by reducing the room’s light level or by using incubator covers.
Incubator covers are a supportive measure to minimise the environmental effects of light and noise on premature infants developing brain. Use of Incubator covers has been shown to:
- Reduce the incidence of sensory processing disorder in children thus reducing the need for occupational therapy intervention and reducing the overall cost burden to families and the health system.
- Have positive effects on sleep quality of premature infants.
- Reduce sound level readings within the incubator.
- Reduce lighting levels.
- There is evidence that when incubators are uncovered compared.
- to being covered, incubator walls and air temperatures fall by 0.6-2.2 degrees C.The inability to maintain their body temperature is just one of the complications that preterm infants encounter.
The Irish Neonatal Health Alliance delivers hampers of Incubator Covers to the Irish Neonatal Intensive Care units on World Prematurity Day (November 17th). We invite you to join our community of crafters and help us protect the brain development of our neonates.
The incubator covers can be made of material or wool and should be thick enough to exclude light from the incubator (a backing can also be applied to your cover).
Incubator Cover Pattern Links
Please forward your incubator covers to us at the INHA, 26 Oak Glen View, Southern Cross, Bray, Co Wicklow.