Kangaroo Care: The Enchantment of a Good Snuggle for Premature Babies


Introduction- Kangaroo care is the special type of care which is also known as skin-to-skin care in which the baby who is naked with only diaper is placed an upright position on to the mothers or daddy chest. And then covered with the blanket. This covering of your infant into your chest looks just like a mother kangaroo holding her baby in her pouch which is from there, the name kangaroo care comes from.
Depending on your baby’s medical condition, you will be ready to have your first snuggle the day they are born. Other times, you’ll must wait days or weeks before their condition is stable enough for you to try and do so.

WHY IS IT CALLED KANGAROO MOTHER CARE?
A new born baby kangaroo (joey) is very immature at birth and very small in size. The mother kangaroo’s pouch provides warmth, safety and a constant supply of food (milk) to the joey. Similar to kangaroo care giving the human infant is also immature and especially the LBW infant benefits from skin-to-skin care because it provides warmth, safety and food. So, it is known as Kangaroo Mother Care.

BENEFITS OF KANGAROO CARE TO BABY :-

  • Improved cardiac and respiratory stability.
  • Fewer episodes of desaturation & apnoeia.
  • Improved gastrointestinal function
  • Higher initiation & duration of breastfeeding
  • Satisfactory weight gain
  • Protection against infections
  • Effective thermal control
  • Infants are much less stressed and this provides neurological protection to the infant

BENEFITS OF KANGAROO CARE TO MOTHER:-

  • The mother’s confidence in caring for her infant is boosted
  • Improved bonding between mother and infant due to the physical closeness between them
  • Mothers are empowered to play an active role in their infant’s care
  • Mothers are enabled to become the primary care giver of their infants
  • Breast feeding is promoted

SHOULDN’T DO WHILE PRACTICING KANGAROO CARE?

  • The things you should not do during kangaroo care is
  • Don’t use cell phone during this procedure.
  • If you are not feeling well don’t do this care.
  • Spend at least I hrs each session skin-to-skin with your baby.
  • Don’t apply any perfume.
  • Don’t smoke before kangaroo care.

Mrs. Harshita Jain, Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Career Point University, Kota

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