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TAC-TIC therapy with premature infants: a series of investigative studies.
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PMID:  15735588     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article provides a synopsis of a series of studies exploring the effects of TAC-TIC (Touching And Caressing-Tender In Caring) therapy with premature infants. Study 1 looked at the short and long-term effects and found enhanced mental development in the stroked infants at 15 months. In study 2 the physiological effects of an abbreviated version of TAC-TIC with high-risk ventilated infants were examined and it was concluded that TAC-TIC exerted no harm to these vulnerable infants. The behavioural reactions of a sample of premature and low birthweight infants to TAC-TIC and parental responses to administering it were explored in study 3. The infants were found to respond predominantly with arm and leg movements to TAC-TIC while fathers and mothers reported enjoying performing TAC-TIC and elicited a similar pattern and frequency of behavioural reactions. In study 4 the question of whether TAC-TIC benefits preterm infant learning and/or sucking behaviour was investigated. The conclusion reached was that TAC-TIC may potentially benefit cognitive performance within the neonatal period and that this may be an early indicator of long-term cognitive gains reported by previous studies. Using a matched subjects design, study 5 explored the impact of TAC-TIC upon the digestive system by analysing gastric aspirates before and after TAC-TIC and a control period of time. It was concluded that TAC-TIC appeared to induce a more suitable stomach environment for digestion.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuro endocrinology letters     Volume:  25 Suppl 1     ISSN:  0172-780X     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuro Endocrinol. Lett.     Publication Date:  2004 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-02-28     Completed Date:  2005-04-19     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8008373     Medline TA:  Neuro Endocrinol Lett     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  67-77     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept. of Social Studies, Cork Institue of Technology, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Gas Monitoring, Transcutaneous
Child Development
Conditioning (Psychology)
Extremities / physiology
Gastrointestinal Contents / chemistry
Handling (Psychology)*
Heart / physiology
Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
Infant Behavior
Infant Care*
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Parent-Child Relations
Respiration, Artificial
Therapeutic Touch*
Time Factors

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