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Effectiveness of an individualized multidisciplinary programme for managing unsettled infants.
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PMID:  12410867     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the effectiveness of an individualized multidisciplinary residential programme for managing young unsettled infants and whether changes in unsettled behaviour were maintained. METHODS: One hundred and nine clients of a Tresillian residential unit with singleton infants aged less than 20 weeks were studied before, during and after intervention. Mothers completed a 24 h infant activity record prior to admission, during the stay and 1 month after discharge. Intervention consisted of settling techniques, parent education, support and counselling. RESULTS: By day 4 of admission, the mean duration of unsettled (fussing, crying) behaviour had decreased significantly and mean sleeping time and awake/content times both increased significantly (P < 0.001). These changes were maintained 1 month after discharge. Changes in behaviour were particularly marked for very unsettled infants. CONCLUSIONS: In the absence of formal controls, the individualized programme appears effective in managing the behaviour of unsettled infants.
N Don; C McMahon; C Rossiter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of paediatrics and child health     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1034-4810     ISO Abbreviation:  J Paediatr Child Health     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-11-04     Completed Date:  2003-01-31     Revised Date:  2007-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005421     Medline TA:  J Paediatr Child Health     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  563-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Tresillian Family Care Centres, Belmore, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Colic / prevention & control*
Family Nursing / methods*
Maternal-Child Health Centers
New South Wales
Residential Facilities

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