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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Skin-to-Skin 'Kangaroo-Style' Care May Benefit Newborns' Health

Newborns born at a low birth weight — less than 4.4 lbs. (2 kilograms) — who received kangaroo mother care had a 36 percent lower chance of dying prematurely, compared with low-birth-weight newborns who did not receive such care, the researchers found. Moreover, the low-birth-weight babies who received kangaroo mother care had a 47 percent lower risk of sepsis — a serious illness that occurs when the body has an overwhelming immune response to an infection — compared with those who did not receive kangaroo mother care, they found.

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