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Tiny babies celebrate July 4 in red, white and blue

Advocate Children’s Hospital’s tiniest patients took part in an early Independence Day celebration in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where they wore red, white and blue outfits. The NICU is where the smallest and most fragile babies are cared for after birth.

Since these small but mighty babies are not able to spend their first Fourth of July at home with their family, this celebration gave parents an opportunity to make happy memories with their baby despite being in the hospital.

“At Advocate Children’s Hospital, we care for both medically complex infants who weigh less than a pound, known as micro-preemies, and larger, full-term babies,” says Dr. Brett Galley, a neonatologist. “This patriotic celebration brings joy and a sense of normalcy to the parents during an otherwise stressful time.”

See more pictures of the patriotic babies here.

4th of July NICU Baby Parade

BABY, YOU'RE A FIREWORK! Advocate Children's Hospital's NICUs celebrated Independence Day a little early with our "parade of little ones." The tiniest patients at our Oak Lawn and Park Ridge campuses were all dressed up in red, white and blue for their first 4th of July with their families. Turn your sound ON to get the full cuteness factor.

Posted by Advocate Children's Hospital on Monday, July 2, 2018