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A case study of infant massage outcomes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10748588     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article describes a case study of infant massage for a neonate in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Infant massage is grounded in the theory of touch. In an NICU, the infant's tactile experiences can be uncomfortable or painful. This can lead to touch aversion. It is possible that providing pleasurable touch experiences through infant massage can help to develop touch acceptance. It is important to first assess the infant's readiness for massage according to his or her need and response. Infant massage as a complementary therapy in the NICU is demonstrated here in a photo-study of "Nicholas." The initial uncertainty and gradual acceptance by Nicholas of the massage experience is clearly depicted. At the end of the massage, Nicholas was relaxed and asleep in a semi-fetal position. The behavioral change in this infant indicates that he made a transition from touch aversion to touch acceptance.
K B Lindrea; M C Stainton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0361-929X     ISO Abbreviation:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Publication Date:    2000 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-04-26     Completed Date:  2000-04-26     Revised Date:  2007-10-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7605941     Medline TA:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  95-9     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Newborn Care Centre, Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Infant Behavior*
Infant Care* / methods
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Intensive Care, Neonatal
Neonatal Nursing*
Comment In:
MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2000 Sep-Oct;25(5):276   [PMID:  10992743 ]

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