Kangaroo care for pre-term and low birthweight babies

Kangaroo care, the practice of encouraging close skin-to-skin contact with mum and dad, continues to produce significant results.

A follow up study established that the benefit to pre-term and low weight babies can be measured even 20 years later. The study suggested long lasting social effectiveness, less absenteeism from school and reduced aggressiveness were positive effects of Kangaroo care.

A further study of 110 neonates found that the use of Kangaroo care resulted in improved physical growth and increased breastfeeding rates.

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