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Baby massage ameliorates neonatal jaundice in full-term newborn infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21263210     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Neonatal jaundice is a common physiological problem affecting over half of all full term and most preterm infants. Thus, newborn infants must be monitored for signs of hyperbilirubinemia to prevent acute bilirubin encephalopathy or kernicterus. Evidence exists supporting the benefits of baby massage as a form of mild hand to skin contact, to increase neonatal physical and mental development. In the present study, the effects of gentle baby massage on neonatal jaundice in full term newborn infants were evaluated by a controlled clinical trial. The inclusion criteria of newborn neonates were as follows: (1) gestational age of 37-41 weeks, (2) birth weight of 2,800-3,600 g, (3) Apgar score at birth of 8-10, and (4) being a healthy neonate without neonatal asphyxia and hemolytic condition. Breastfed newborns without phototherapy were included: 20 in the massage group and 22 in the control group. We found the mean stool frequency of the massaged infants on day 1 and day 2 (4.6 and 4.3) was significantly higher than that of the control group (3.3 and 2.6) (p<0.05). The transcutaneous bilirubin levels on the second to fifth day and serum total bilirubin levels on fourth day were significantly decreased in the massage group, compared to the control group. In conclusion, baby massage at an early stage after birth could reduce neonatal bilirubin levels. We suggest baby massage is beneficial for ameliorating neonatal jaundice.
Jun Chen; Mieko Sadakata; Mayumi Ishida; Naoto Sekizuka; Mitsuko Sayama
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Tohoku journal of experimental medicine     Volume:  223     ISSN:  1349-3329     ISO Abbreviation:  Tohoku J. Exp. Med.     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-25     Completed Date:  2011-05-04     Revised Date:  2011-12-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417355     Medline TA:  Tohoku J Exp Med     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  97-102     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Information Science and Biostatistics, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Sekizuka Hospital of Shibata, Niigata, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Apgar Score
Birth Weight / physiology
Breast Feeding
Gestational Age
Infant, Newborn
Jaundice, Neonatal / therapy*
Massage* / methods,  utilization
Maternal Behavior / physiology
Mother-Child Relations
Term Birth / physiology
Comment In:
Tohoku J Exp Med. 2011;225(3):221; author reply 223   [PMID:  22032957 ]

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