Objective: To describe the profile of newborns undergoing early stimulation in a neonatal intensive care unit, characterizing the study population, according to its variables and neonatal risk factors, indications for treatment of early stimulation.
Methods: It was conducted a descriptive, cross-sectional and analytical study carried out in the General Hospital Dr. Cesar calls, from July to December 2010. The sample consisted of 116 medical records of newborns indicated for the treatment of early stimulation, representing (9.2%). The study excluded seven infants who had some type of congenital malformation. It was used the following variables: weight, sex, gestational age, Apgar score, diagnosis of Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Intracranial Hemorrhage and the use of mechanical ventilation and CPAP.