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Aquatic Therapy for Newborns
Also Known as Neonatal Hydrotherapy has evolved into a single online source for all your aquatic therapy needs. We like to think of ourselves as Your Aquatic Therapy Command Center.

Resource List:

Jane Sweeney's presentation on NICU hydrotherapy

Bob Hubbard's Blog entry on newborns and feeding after hydrotherapy

Nancy Higg's page on Aquaticnet Social Network

NICU study on neonatal hydrotherapy currently in trial


McManus BM, Kotelchuck M (2007).The effect of aquatic therapy on functional mobility of infants and toddlers in early intervention. Pediatr Phys Ther. 19(4):275-82.

Sweeney JK (1983): Neonatal hydrotherapy: An adjunct to developmental intervention in an intensive care nursery setting. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics 3(1):39-52. (pilot study)

Sweeney JK (2003): Feeding proficiency in preterm neonates following hydrotherapy in the NICU setting. Pediatric Physical Therapy 15(1): 63 (abstract)

Sweeney JK, (2007): Neonates and infants at neurodevelopmental risk. In DA Umphred (ed.) Neurological Rehabilitation, 5th ed, pp 303-356. St. Louis: Mosby. (hydrotherapy clinical guidelines described in chapter)

Zhao S, Xie L, Hu H, Xia J, Zhang W, Ye N, Chen B . A study of neonatal swimming (water therapy) applied in clinical obstetrics. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 17(1):59-62.



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