STATES CHRONICLE – Babies react to the closest and most natural factors they have, which are usually their mothers and according to studies kangaroo care is beneficial for babies.
You know how kangaroos keep their babies in their pouch. That’s probably the closest a baby gets to the mother after being born. Besides their skin and fur there’s nothing else to separate the baby from the mother. Of course, they are protected, they are warm and easier to feed. Besides, the chances of their mother losing them are very slim.
But what if humans would adopt this kangaroo style of caring for babies? No, I’m talking about jumping around with a baby in a pouch, but simply keeping your baby close to you with nothing to separate you from each other. This is actually a neonatal procedure called KMC which is short for “kangaroo mother care”. This type of care involves skin-to skin contact, exclusive breastfeeding and early discharge from the hospital. If used, KMC could reduce the risk of mortality among newborns with lower weights.
Many studies have examined newborns weighing less than 4.4 lbs and found that newborns who received KMC had a 36 percent lower risk of death. Other studies talk about how KMC reduced mortality with 41 percent at 3, 6 and 12 months.
The best thing about this practice is that it’s very low cost and could really benefit your baby. Not only was KMC associated with lower risks of infant death but also with a 47% lower risk of sepsis and a 78% risk of hypothermia. Also, with KMC, 58 percent less babies were readmitted into hospital.
The reason why this intervention is not practiced so often is because many people don’t know about and if they do know about it they might hesitate to make it afraid of not hurting the very tiny human being.
Although there are other studies that need to be conducted in order to determine when KMC should start and how much skin-to-skin exposure is needed in order to help the infant, this intervention is highly recommended as it is a measure of providing more protection to your newborn child.
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