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Glossary

Clapping

Rhythmic patting of a swaddled and blanketed baby’s bottom.

 

C-Position

Placement of an infant’s body so that it resembles the letter C (also known as the fetal position).

Depressant

Any drug (such as alcohol, barbiturates or tranquilizers) that acts on the central nervous system to produce both euphoria (feeling no pain) and drowsiness.

Disorganized suck

Inability of an infant to latch on to a nipple and suck regularly enough to get formula into the mouth.

Excoriation

Breakdown of skin resulting from rubbing against a surface.

 

Gastrointestinal

Relating to digestion in the stomach and intestines

 

Hypersensitivity

Greater than normal response to any stimulus (such as light, sound and movement)

 

Mottling

Discoloration of skin resembling marbling, typically on chest, trunk arms or legs.

 

Muscle Tone

The degree of rigidly in a muscle, associated with a muscle’s ability to return to its original position when stretched.

 

Pediatric

Relating to the care of infants and young children

 

 

 

Regurgitation

Non-projectile vomiting of stomach contents.

 

Respiratory Rate

Speed of breathing.

 

Stimulant

Any drug that increases the activity of the heart and provides an overall sense of well being, at least temporarily.

 

Stool

Feces. The result of a bowel movement.

 

Swaddling

A method of folding a blanket around an infant’s body to restrain arm movement and give comfort.

 

Therapeutic Handling

Special techniques developed to care for drug-exposed infants.

 

Tremor

Involuntary rhythmical movements resembling quivering, a part of the body.

 

Vertical rock

Slow rhythmic up-an-down movement of an infant in a C-position

 

 

 

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