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Preemies Need Skin to Skin Contact

Preemies Need Extra TLC

Skin to skin contact with a parent can soothe a lil one like nothing else.

After my daughter's first doctor's appointment when she got vaccinated, the pediatrician encouraged me to nurse and hold her close to my body.

A new study shows that preemies benefit even more from skin to skin (also known as kangaroo mother care) contact. To see what was revealed,


A study published in the BioMed Central Pediatrics journal researched premature babies born between 28 and 31 weeks.

After the babes were subjected to routine blood drawings from their heels, the researchers used the PIPP (Premature Infant Pain Profile) to measure the infant's pain. PIPP measures grimacing, maximum heart rate and blood oxygen saturation levels.

Those who were cuddled in the kangaroo mother care style prior to and during the procedures recovered faster than those babies who were just swaddled in blankets in their incubators.

Cuddled children appeared to be in pain for about a minute and a half where the swaddled babes often suffered longer than three minutes.


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milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
My son when he was a week old was admited into the NICU with a blood infection and we tried to do the skin to skin as often as they would let us. They say it works for fathers to do it too. I will be forever grateful to the wonderful nurses who gave such tlc to my baby. To any NICU nurses out there (especially LPCH ones that work at Sequoia Hospital) give yourselves big pats on the back. :)
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
The human touch does wonders :)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
so true. My son was in NICU when he was born due to an infection.. he was also 8 lbs 8 oz and was the largest NICU baby I'd ever seen. He was only in there for 3 days, and I spent every daylight hour there with him - I didn't want to go home at night but I had to (I had been released from the hospital) anyway... what was so sad to me was that all of those babies in NICU and I could count on one hand and have fingers left over the number of babies who had family come visit them while they were there. Now, I realize, some of them may have had extenuating circumstances that didn't allow them to go, so I'm not totally faulting the family - it was just very sad to me. Besides, NICU volunteers are so important too - while I was there I met one of the volunteers and that's all she did all day was just visit with, touch and talk to the babies, I was so grateful to her. touch is so important...
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Wow, thats interesting. Who wouldn't want to cuddle an adorable little baby? they are so cute and you can help them :)
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 9 years
wow- that's an amazing study. I'm all for as much skin to skin contact as possible.
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