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The impact of different types of bath in the behaviour and physiology of 'rooming in' newborn babies.
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PMID:  15735598     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The new scientific knowledge about the behaviour of the newborn and their interactions as a developing factor, as well as the new neurosciences findings about the initial brain formation, gave us several elements for a new vision and reflection about the perinatal routines in hospitals. This study raises questions about the first experiences of the rooming in newborns during the specific act of bath, as the only determining factor in altering both behaviour and physiology. Through the monitoring of the heart rate frequency and observing the changes in the states of consciousness level, this article shows how the type of bath that the newborn is subjected to influences his/her organisation. The study showed significant results in the parameters observed during the electric shower bath, leading to unbalance of the subsystems where the individuals organise themselves; such findings made us classify this procedure as very stressing to the baby. To the contrary the bath in the "Tummy Tub" presented insignificant changes, showing a relaxed baby with normal bath behaviours and physiological status; thus this procedure appears to contribute to an energetic and interactive balance of the baby's various systems. The aggressive approach (electric shower) does not allow the newborn auto-regulation to occur and to get proper stimulation and learn basic interactive responses which would facilitate his /her healthy early infancy development.
Laurista Corrêa Filho; Ana Maria de Castilho Paula; Dulce Amalia Araujo de Carvalho; Maria Paulina de Oliveira Azevedo; Leonora de A Pinto Teixeira
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
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:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8008373     Medline TA:  Neuro Endocrinol Lett     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
Universidade de Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Baths / instrumentation,  methods*
Equipment Design
Heart Rate
Infant Behavior*
Infant Care*
Infant, Newborn / physiology*,  psychology*
Rooming-in Care*

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