'Kangaroo care' key for premature babies
You certainly know what a kangaroo is. But what about the “kangaroo care“?
Mothers carrying babies skin-to-skin could significantly cut global death and disability rates from premature birth, a leading expert has said.
Prof Joy Lawn says “ care”, not expensive intensive care, is the key.
The 15 million babies every year born at or before 37 weeks account for about 10% of the global of disease, and one million of them die. Of those who survive, just under 3% have moderate or severe and 4.4% have mild impairments.
Prof Lawn, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “The perception is you need intensive care for pre-term babies,
“But 85% of babies born premature are six weeks early or less. They need help feeding, with temperature control and they are more to infection.
“It’s really only before 32 weeks that their are immature and they need help breathing”.
She added: “Unless there are those breathing problems, kangaroo care is actually better because it promotes and reduces infection.”
gestation (n) the period of development in the uterus from conception until birth; pregnancy
burden (n) the amount of a disease-causing entity present in an organism
impairment (n) the fact that a part of your body is unable to do something fully
prone (adj) likely to do something or be affected by something, especially something bad
lung (n) one of the two organs in your chest that fill with air when you breathe
to breastfeed (v) to feed a baby with milk from your breasts rather than bottle-feeding it
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