Painful procedures are unavoidable in neonatal
care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The
involvement of parents during these procedures has
gained increasing recognition as an important
component of providing holistic care for neonates. This
abstract explores the importance of involving parents
during painful procedures in the NICU and its potential
benefits for newborns.
To identify the various methods of parents’
involvement during the minor invasive procedures of
their neonates in the NICU. 2. To explore the benefits of
involving the parents during the minor invasive
procedures of their neonates in the NICU.
An extensive review of existing literature and
scholarly articles available on Pub Med CINHL, Science
Direct, Cochrane, and Google Scholar databases was
done using a specific search approach for each database,
covering the period from 2020 to 2023. Initially, relevant
article titles were collected, and through a screening
process, a subset of articles was chosen for further
evaluation. Ultimately, based on predefined inclusion
criteria, 10 articles were selected for in-depth analysis.
Parents’ involvement during minor invasive
procedures like venipuncture, heel prick, phlebotomy,
etc. in the form of skin-to-skin contact, facilitated
tucking, mother’s lullaby, and breastfeeding revealed
significantly low pain scores and reduced discomfort in
In conclusion, involving parents in simple
procedures in the NICU offers considerable benefits for
both the parents and the infant. By recognizing the
importance of parental involvement and providing
appropriate support, healthcare facilities may establish
an atmosphere that optimizes infant care and outcomes
in the NICU.
Keywords : Minor Invasive Procedures, Neonates, NICU, Parents.