Services at Cardon Children's Medical Center  

Your Baby's Cues

Your NICU Baby  

Although they can't tell you what they want, babies do have ways of communicating.

Signs your baby is ready to interact with you:

  • Easy breathing                   
  • Relaxed hands                                        
  • Relaxed face  
  • Pink color                            
  • Tucked arms/legs                              
  • Grasps
  • Stable oxygen numbers         
  • Closed mouth                           
  • Sucks

The following cues and signs can tell you when your baby may be saying, "I need a break": 

  • Breathing hard or shallow periodic breathing                                
  • Looks worried or grimaces
  • Breathing fast, irregularly                                               
  • Fingers fan/ “STOP” sign
  • Color pales or darkens                                                    
  • Mouth stays open
  • Alarms ring                                                                        
  • Arms/legs wave   
  • Hiccups
Cardon Children's Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 412-KIDS (5437)
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