Neonatal stress reactivity and cortisol.

  title={Neonatal stress reactivity and cortisol.},
  author={Kathrine Leigh Peters},
  journal={The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing},
  volume={11 4},
Existing data point to the fact that adrenocortical responses are, at least in part, valid representatives of the stress response in term and some preterm infants. At the same time, however, there is conflict regarding the use of cortisol levels as a diagnostic tool in the neonatal intensive care unit. The article reviews the concept of neonatal intensive care unit stress and neonatal stress response development and provides a comprehensive literature review of cortisol production in term and… CONTINUE READING

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