The NICU can be a stressful place during typical times—and it's even more trying amid the Covid-19 epidemic. In an effort to bring a smile to the parents of NICU babies, staff at hospitals across the United States are dressing the newest arrivals in Halloween costumes.
NICUs dress up babies for Halloween
At Henry Ford Health System, staff dressed up babies as pumpkins and turned them into a pumpkin patch.
A spokesperson for the hospital said the costumes were disinfected with a Xenex UV Robot before the babies wore them. The hospital usually uses the robot to disinfect patient rooms and surgical suites.
Meanwhile, babies at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia were dressed as a sandwich, a "crazy cat lady," and more.
And at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, babies were dressed as ghosts, M&M's, and Almond Joys.
"Having a baby in the NICU can be very stressful for new moms and families, especially in the midst of the Covid-19 [epidemic]," Tallahassee Memorial said in a statement. "Bringing the Halloween fun to these little ones and their parents is just one of the many ways our team works to normalize the NICU environment and keep families' spirits high" (Mann, Fox29, 10/29; CBS3, 10/27; Moore, Good Morning America, 10/27).