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Effectiveness of cheek and jaw support to improve feeding performance of preterm infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21218679     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: We examined the effects of cheek and jaw support on the feeding ability of inefficient feeders born prematurely.
METHOD: Twenty preterm infants served as their own controls. Each infant received either intervention (feeding with oral support) or control (feeding without oral support) for 2 consecutive feedings per day on 2 consecutive days.
RESULTS: Infants displayed a greater intake rate during the intervention feedings, both during the first 5 min (p = .046) and throughout the entire feeding (p = .023). The percentage of leakage during the first 5-min feeding was smaller in the intervention condition than in the control condition (p = .040). No significant differences were found between the two conditions in the sucking, physiological, and alertness variables.
CONCLUSION: Findings confirm oral support as a safe and effective strategy to improve the feeding performance of preterm infants who are poor feeders.
Yea-Shwu Hwang; Chyi-Her Lin; Wendy J Coster; Rosemarie Bigsby; Elsie Vergara
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0272-9490     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Occup Ther     Publication Date:    2010 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-11     Completed Date:  2011-02-03     Revised Date:  2012-08-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705978     Medline TA:  Am J Occup Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  886-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Counseling, Sargent College, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bottle Feeding*
Cross-Over Studies
Infant Care
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Sucking Behavior

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