Journal Article

Short Spell Kangaroo Mother Care and Its Differential Physiological Influence in Subgroups of Preterm Babies

Sangeetha Lakshmi Boju, Muddu Gopi Krishna, Rajani Uppala, Praneeta Chodavarapu and Ravikumar Chodavarapu

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 58, issue 3, pages 189-193
Published in print June 2012 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online September 2011 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmr072
Short Spell Kangaroo Mother Care and Its Differential Physiological Influence in Subgroups of Preterm Babies

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In routine practice, 4–6 h of kangaroo mother care (KMC) is adopted. Many mothers feel the duration impracticable. In 86 preterm babies, pre and post 1 h KMC changes in heart rate (HR), respiratory rate (RR), axillary temperature and SpO2 are measured, in each baby. Postnatal age at the time of the study is 7.7 ± 5.2 days. Significant changes observed are decrease in mean HR by 3 bpm, RR by 3 min−1 and increase in mean axillary temperature by 0.4 F and SpO2 by 1.1%. In SGA babies, post KMC decrease in mean HR by 5 bpm, increase in mean axillary temperature by 0.6 F and SpO2 by 2.1% are significant. In female babies, post KMC decrease in mean RR by 6 min−1 and increase mean axillary temperature by 0.3 F and SpO2 by 1.5% are significant. We conclude that preterm babies are benefited by 1 h KMC. SGA and female preterm babies showed different and greater response.

Keywords: kangaroo mother care; preterm; physiological variables

Journal Article.  1757 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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