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Always Hands On, Baby

Thursday, 23 October 2008 13:08

Kangaroo Care is defined as holding your infant with skin to skin contact. According to a new study published in Pediatrics, low birth weight babies benefit from skin to skin contact. Compared to infants in incubators, newborns in "kangaroo mother care" had less severe infections, spent fewer days in the hospital, and had better head circumferences (a sign of better growth rate). The system, which involves placing a diaper-clad preemie upright on his mom's bare chest-tummy to tummy, in between her breasts, inside her clothing; her body warmth helps stabilize the baby's temperature and also allows for easier breastfeeding, was started in Columbia. The system is now being implemented and tested in neonatal clinics in the US, Canada, and Europe. Another favorable finding was that the benefits also extend to adults with moms feeling more empowered by their hands on responsibility.