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Holding Preemies is Better for Bonding and Infant Neurological Development

Thursday, 23 October 2008 13:03
The objective of this paper was to examine whether the kangaroo care (KC) intervention in premature infants affects parent–child interactions and infant development.

The authors concluded: "Kangaroo Care" (holding a baby) skin to skin) had a significant positive impact on the infant’s perceptual-cognitive and motor development and on the parenting process. We speculate that KC has both a direct impact on infant development by contributing to neurophysiological organization and an indirect effect by improving parental mood, perceptions, and interactive behavior.

Although this study may come as a surprise to the more technical minded in our society, for others it only substantiates what they innately knew to be true: of course holding a baby would have a more positve impact on the mother and infant--ask the mother --she would have agreed.

Feldman R, Eidelman AI, Sirota L, Weller A.   Comparison of skin-to-skin (kangaroo) and traditional care: parenting outcomes and preterm infant development   Pediatrics 2002 (Jul);   110 (1 Pt 1):   16-26