Kangaroo mother care may help oral growth and development in premature infants.


Zhang F, Liu S.


Fetal Pediatr Pathol. 2012 Aug;31(4):191-4. doi: 10.3109/15513815.2011.650291. Epub 2012 Mar 14.



Premature infants have a shorter prenatal development period and are prone to many serious medical problems during neonatal period. This may impact the development of oral tissues, as manifested by enamel hypoplasia, palatal distortion, malocclusion, or delay in tooth eruption and maturation. Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is a standardized and protocol-based care system for premature infants, based on skin-to-skin contact between the infant and their mother. Kangaroo mother care has been demonstrated to greatly improve the nurturing of premature infants and comparatively reduce the risk factors of oral defects. We hypothesize that KMC also facilitates oral growth and development in premature infants.


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