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Implications of kangaroo care for growth and development in preterm infants.
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PMID:  15781599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To review research on kangaroo care with implications for growth and development in preterm infants. DATA SOURCES: Nursing, medical, and child development research literature was searched through PubMed through 2003 using the search terms kangaroo Care, skin-to-skin, growth/development, and premature infants. STUDY SELECTION: Randomized controlled trials, pretest-posttest designs, and other comparative studies of kangaroo care were reviewed. Reports exploring parent perspectives were examined for attachment and parent-infant interaction findings. Theory and research regarding growth in preterm infants were explored. DATA EXTRACTION: Research on topics of kangaroo care, skin-to-skin contact, preterm infant growth, preterm infant weight gain, and failure to thrive was evaluated. DATA SYNTHESIS: Research on kangaroo care reports physiologic safety for preterm infants and increased attachment for parents. Attachment promotes nurturing behaviors that support growth and development. Weight gain as a benefit of kangaroo care remains in question. CONCLUSIONS: Kangaroo care is safe for preterm infants and may have important benefits for growth and development. Suggestions are made for future research on effects of KC on preterm infants.
Virginia L Dodd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2005 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-22     Completed Date:  2005-06-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  218-32     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Connecticut Children's Medical Center, 131 Lake St., Manchester, CT 06040, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Temperature Regulation / physiology
Child Development / physiology*
Heart Rate / physiology
Infant Care* / psychology
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / physiology*
Mother-Child Relations
Nervous System / growth & development
Object Attachment
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Respiratory Mechanics / physiology
Survival Analysis

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