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A newborn's first bath: when?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8835807     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of early admission bathing on thermoregulation in newborns. DESIGN: Randomized, comparative study. SETTING: A regional hospital providing primary and secondary newborn care. PARTICIPANTS: One hundred healthy, full-term newborns. INTERVENTIONS: Newborns in the investigational group with a minimum rectal temperature of 36.5 degrees C. were bathed after the newborn admission assessment examination was completed (M = 61.15 minutes of age), whereas newborns in the control group were bathed at the standard of 4 hours of age (M = 252.12 minutes of age). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Rectal temperatures were measured using a Diatek thermometer. Rectal temperatures were recorded during the newborn admission assessment examination, immediately before bathing, immediately after bathing, 1 hour after bathing, and 2 hours after bathing. RESULTS: No significant differences (p < .05) in rectal temperatures, were found between the groups during the admission assessment examination, before bathing, immediately after bathing, 1 hour after bathing, or 2 hours after bathing. No significant differences were found between the groups in type of delivery, time of birth, gestational age, birth weight, Apgar scores at 1 and 5 minutes, air temperature, apical heart rate, or respiratory rate. CONCLUSIONS: Healthy, full-term newborns whose rectal temperatures are greater than 36.5 degrees C can be bathed immediately after the admission assessment examination.
T Penny-MacGillivray
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    1996 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-26     Completed Date:  1996-12-26     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  481-7     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Maternal-Child Unit, St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Body Temperature
Body Temperature Regulation*
Infant, Newborn / physiology*
Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional / prevention & control
Time Factors

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