Premature babies are fragile and can develop a lot of problems. Incubators are one of the ways to help preemies survive the first weeks. These babies have lower birth weight and health problems, which means that doctors need to be more careful with them.
Kangaroo care is an old technique that can also help premature babies. A new study showed that it is even better than people believed it was. It can be better than incubators too. Kangaroo care consists in skin-to-skin contact with the premature baby.
This technique has been successful in a lot of cases. First of all, it is much better than other techniques because babies are breastfeed and this gives them the necessary nutrients. The fact that there is skin-to-skin contact helps the baby get warm and sleep better. All of these help the preemie develop without problems.
A new study discovered that the benefits of Kangaroo care can be seen even after 20 years. In order to test their theory, doctors taught a couple of Columbian parents this technique. This happened 2 decades ago and the results are still seen now.
In order to make sure that everything goes as planned doctors kept an eye on the parents and babies that were involved in the study. Because the researchers wanted to see the difference between Kangaroo care and incubators, they put some of the preemies in incubators and others were helped by the Kangaroo technique.
In the last four years, more than 260 of the babies that participated in the study were reenrolled in order to see if they had any benefits in the long run. The researchers discovered that the Kangaroo care has long-term benefits for premature babies.
The researchers mentioned that the babies who were helped by the Kangaroo technique had more chances of surviving and reaching adulthood compared to the ones who were put in incubators. The study also revealed that the babies helped by this technique had bigger income and bigger IQs.
This study proved once again that the natural ways are better than any technology. The warm arms of a mother can’t be replaced by an incubator. This study could help develop new techniques in order to save premature babies.
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